East Bangalore's devotees can now hope to reach their home early after Ramzan prayers in various masjids of Shivajinagar by public transport. For, traffic police and BMTC have opened up Broadway Road and Seppings Road for buses. The move will also help those returning home from the shopping hubs of Russell Market and Commercial Street.
The BMTC too benefits as the move has reduced the distance between Shivjajinagar and various destinations like Frazer Town, Hennur, Banaswadi and KR Puram by 2km. BMTC commuters on these routes are all smiles as the fare has gone down — the Shivajinagar to Fraser Town commute will cost Rs 5, a savings of Rs 2. Earlier, BMTC buses would start from Shivajinagar, move towards Balekundri Circle, enter Cunningham Road and turn right into Millers Road before moving in front of Cantonment railway station to reach Bamboo Bazaar junction. Here onwards, these buses go through Russel Market Road and take Broadway or Seppings Roads. "
The move will decongest the Balenkundri Circle and Cunningham Road, said MA Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic). He said bus traffic on Seppings Road will decongest Cockburn and Broadway roads.