Profitable business for some and A luxury travel for the rest
Bengaluru being the home away from home for many aspiring youths and IT professionals does not
disappoint them when it comes to their need for commuting. There are more than hundreds of
people travelling every other day and as a result the district has seen many emerging private and
public buses with fascinating facilities providing a luxury travel.
DEPARTURE: A bus waiting to depart from Madiwala
Gone are those days when travelling in buses made you suffer from a sleepless night and severe
back pain. There are sleeper and semi sleeper buses with and without AC to help passengers have a
comfortable ride of their choice. They provide facilities like free wifi, water bottles, live tracking,
blankets and the new addition is pantry provision. The price of the tickets are affordable except at
the time of festivals and sometimes during the weekends when the price may vary from rupees 2000
to 3000 in private buses but even during those days the KSRTC(Karnataka State Road Transport
Corporation) buses are cheaper.
“We have 12 buses that shuttle to different places with an average of 300 passengers boarding daily.
We charge rupees 800 on the week days for the most preferred type, an A.C. sleeper and rupees
1100 for the same on the weekends. Special buses are arranged at the time of festivals during which
around 600 people travel.”, said Muthu who works as a receptionist at Parveen Travels,Madiwala.
A 51 year old Tamil Nadu based passenger said that ” Even if there is traffic the drivers make to the
destination at the right time which is a great relief for a marketing executive like me. A good night’s
sleep plays a major role in our next day’s work and when it comes to my job I cannot pause and rest
in a hotel as I have to work in a different place the next day morning. Because of this I used to prefer
trains but now I feel comfortable even if I travel by bus.” One may choose between a private and a
public bus as per his or her own needs and experience but the common road transportation in
Bengaluru as reached a different level in providing services and satisfying majority of the needs demanded by most of the passengers .
Busy bees pave way for a flourishing venture :
The passengers are not the only people who are satisfied. The drivers, travel agencies, the online
app runners, the government and a lot of other agencies which act as a link between the people and
the travel houses in booking tickets are also well fed. More than just collecting revenue that equals
the investment, these people earn a lot of profits. The never ending needs give space to the never
ending business. From just an alternative mode of transport for trains to a basic and comfortable
mode of transport this business has come a long way and now it can survive for decades.