Kempegowda Bus Station
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BMTC side of Kempegowda Bus Station
|Address||Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore
|Structure type||At Grade|
|Owned by||Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC)|
Kempegowda Bus Station(Kannada: ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡ ಬಸ್ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ), more commonly known as Majestic Bus Station, is a large bus station in central Bangalore, India. It is located opposite the Bangalore City Railway Station. It is bordered by Seshadri Road to the north, Danavanthri Road to the east, Tank Bund Road to the south and Gubbi Thotadappa Road to the west. Dharmanbuddhi Lake was changed to make for this Bus Station.
This bus station provides connectivity to almost all the areas of Bangalore. One side of the bus station is used for intra-city buses by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) while the other side is used by out-station buses operated by various state road transport corporations.
The bus station was initially called "Majestic Bus Station" or "Majestic" because of a popular cinema theatre of the same name nearby. It was later changed to Kempegowda Bus Station in honour of Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore. Buses terminating at the station usually display signs that show "Kempegowda Bus Station" or KBS. However, most people still refer to the station as Majestic.
The Kempegowda Station was built in 1980 to handle 600 buses. As of 2012, 4,500 BMTC buses ferry 800,000 commuters daily in 16,500 trips through the terminal. Approximately, 55 buses enter the terminal every minute.
The Rs. 400-crore inter-modal transit centre will go ahead with Phase I
KSRTC will be ready with the IMTC to integrate the bus, Metro & railway networks at the Majestic by the time BMRCL completes its interchange underground station at the site. The IMTC will be integrated with the Metro UG station & the City Railway Station so as to offer unhindered movement of passengers within the facilities.
While the consultants have planned for an IMTC as well as a commercial tower, the KSRTC is planning initially to go ahead with the transportation network till it finds a private partner to build the commercial hub. BMRCL has been claiming that the entire NM Phase 1, of which Majestic inter-change station is the crucial part, will become operational by mid-2015.
While the cellar of the IMTC would house bus depots, service area & parking, the next level would house a concourse for Metro & parking & also a BMTC terminus with 90 bus bays & 50 idle parking; BMTC & KSRTC concourses & other utilities; commercial space; KSRTC terminus with 96 bus bays & 50 idle parking; office spaces; dormitories & crew rest rooms at each of the next levels.
Only premium services (A\C, sleeper & Rajahamsa) will be operated from the new IMTC while other services will be shifted to satellite terminals at Peenya for North & South Karnataka destinations; & Byappanahalli (towards Kolar) & Hebbal (towards Chikkaballapur). Already Mysore-bound services have been shifted to the Mysore Road Satellite Terminal.
Location in Context
||Bangalore City Railway Station||Sheshadri Road||Danvanthri Road|
|Bangalore City Railway Station||Kempegowda Road/Mysore Bank Circle|
|Bashyam Road||Tank Bund Road/Lokamanya Tilak Park||Avenue Road|
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- Sunitha Rao R, TNN Jul 24, 2012, 04.50AM IST. "A bus stand of Majestic failings". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
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