A couple of weeks back, bored on a Sunday morning, I set off on small exploration trip. From JP Nagar 6th phase Nandini Hotel stop, I took a 215C to Jambusavari Dinne (JP Nagar 8th phase) -the ride took about 15 minutes for the 5 km stretch.
As the bus stopped at Jambusavari Dinne, a bus on route No. 378 passed by with the LED board showing "Electronic City" with reasonable crowd. I enquired with someone standing nearby and learnt that bus had a good frequency. In about two minutes, I noticed another 378 came on opposite side, bound for Kengeri and was full. Within the next 2-3 minutes another bus came towards Electronic city and I boarded it.
The bus after Jambusavari Dinne reached Bannerghatta Road (Gottigere) and took a right turn, crossed NICE road to Koli farm stop and took a left turn-from there it was a village kind of road having space only for a single bus to move-the road was well tarred and the vehicles moving on the road included a few 2 wheelers and some rare cars. The only bus service frequenting the route was 378 which were crossing us regularly.
After about 20 minutes of drive on the road passing plots with cement compound walls, barren farm lands and a small number of buildings, crossing through Vaddarapalya, Bettadasapura, Thiglur etc. I spotted some high rise buildings. The bus had reached Neeladri Nagar of Electronic city
Slowly the bus crossed the WIPRO office (G-2 last stop), SBI and terminated at Electronic City gate.
I liked the route mainly because on weekdays the regular routes via BTM and Silk board chokes up with traffic and its a hurdle crossing every signal. This route is a completely signal free route and even on weekdays I feel the distance can be commuted in about 30-35 minutes (Crossing Jayadeva-Silk board stretch itself takes 40 minutes at peak hour)
A fantastic exploration by BMTC and a well patronised route too. At present Volvo cannot be expected as roads are too narrow for commuting-but is a relaxing experience travelling without traffic on a 10-15 kilometre stretch of Bangalore. ⊕
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