Kempegowda Bus Station
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|Other names||Majestic, KBS|
|Location||Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore|
|Owned by||Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC)|
|Operated by||Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)|
Kempegowda Bus Station, 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. It is the third busiest inter city bus station in South India after the CMBT bus station and Madhavaram Mofussil Bus Terminus both located in Chennai.
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 KSRTC side of the bus station also houses the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda (Majestic) metro station on the Namma Metro.
Former chief minister of Karnataka R. Gundu Rao is credited with building the station. The bus station not only eased congestion with buses and helped streamline the transport system but also helped the local area grow economically and was a major landmark of the city for many years.
The station acquired the name Majestic Bus Station or "Majestic" from a popular cinema theatre of the same name located nearby. It was later named as Kempegowda Bus Station in honour of Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore. However, Majestic continues to be the most commonly used name for the station. Buses terminating at the station usually display signs that show "Kempegowda Bus Station" or "KBS".
The Kempegowda Bus Station was opened in the 1960s. The semi-circular city bus terminal was built in 1980s. The station is located on the site of the Dharmambudhi Lake, which dried up in the early 20th century.
Location in context
- "From lake to multi-modal transport hub, this station is truly Majestic". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
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