BMTC has been the lifeline of Bangalore. As the only affordable means of transport, it has to continue to be. Cannot believe how meek public outcry has been against what looks like a deliberate ploy by the government to destroy a public entity that has also been our pride.
This is what happens when we vote based on a shrine coming up 1000+ kms away. Canteens which gave us food at subsidized rates will eventually shut down, buses which we could somehow afford will cost a fortune, free and subsidized foodgrains will cease because they make us lazy.
Eggs that can make our kids strong won't be on their plates because we've given power to those who feel it is not an appropriate item to be on the menu. Yet we despise all those who ensured all these necessities are affordable, while worshipping those who are taking them all away
Won't even get into the emotional value BMTC & KSRTC have in our hearts. No private player can replace that. None of them can make us smile for a moment and feel a sense of comfort when travelling outside, like the red Suvarna Karnataka and the majestic Airavatas can.
But it is not about nostalgia as much as it is about necessity. State government has little control over rail, air and sea, but has prided itself on road transport. It now needs to be saved. Along with the staff and the commuters. Speak up for BMTC. Speak up for KSRTC.

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