Reportedly in a bid to popularise the bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), the state government-run transport agency on friday announced that kannada film star Puneeth Rajkumar will be its brand ambassador. Meanwhile to mark the occasion, the actor was visited by BMTC top brass at his Sadashivnagar residence. Furthermore according to BMTC officials, NS Nandiesha reddy, who is the chairman of BMTC had floated the idea. Based on that, the BMTC MD C Sikha, and director of Vigilance and Security Anupam Agarwal along with reddy approached the star who readily agreed.
Apparently officials said the actor will support the cause of public transport on a pro-bono basis. Earlier on wednesday, the BMTC along with the traffic police and BBMP had held a bus yatra to promote the ‘Nimbus’ which runs on the bus priority lane (BPL) on the Outer RIng Road between KR Puram and Silk Board. Further under this BPL system, the left lane of this entire stretch is reserved only for BMTC Nimbus buses. Nimbus is short for Nimma bus, meaning ‘your bus’ in Kannada. Hence this is done to ensure that BMTC buses travel faster, and people are motivated to ditch private vehicles in favour of the bus.
Moreover this is aimed at ultimately reducing congestion and pollution. vehicles, other than ambulances and fire engines, are liable to be fined if they stray onto this road, as per a notification issued by the bengaluru police Commissioner bhaskar Rao on november 15. Apparently at present, with low awareness and lack of sufficient enforcement, the priority bus lane system has run into some issues, like instances of non-BMTC vehicles in the bus lane.