BENGALURU: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is in dire straits. According to its recently released annual report, the state-run bus corporation has lost 6.9 lakh daily passengers in just four years, mainly to app-based cabs and Metro, an indication that the once-efficient bus service system in the country appears to be on the verge of collapse. Statistics show daily ridership reduced from 51.3 lakh in 2014-15 to 50.7 lakh in 2015-16 to 45.3 lakh in 2016-17 to 44.4 lakh in 2017-18. With the government’s refusal to provide financial assistance, absence of dedicated bus lanes and delay in inducting new buses, BMTC’s current daily ridership is likely to further drop in the next few years.
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