The Majestic Bus Stand

One of the nerve centres that links our city to the rest of the country is the central bus stand, which is called Majestic, after a movie theatre of that name..indeed, that whole area of Bangalore is called Majestic!

So here’s a visit to the Majestic Bus Stand. As you go in, the sign, illuminated at night, greets you:

Majestic bus stand Bus Nildana

And you also see the sign of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, with its logo of the double-headed eagle, which has come down to us from the erstwhile Wodeyar dynasty:

Majestic bus stand KSRTC

Here are some more images from this bustling terminal….

Here’s one of the Rajahamsa (“Royal Swan”) services which will shortly be departing….

Majestic Bus Stand Rajahamsa

All over the terminal area, you can see the diesel monsters waiting to take passengers to both nearby and distant destinations….Shimoga, Bidar, Jog Falls, Ooty…the list of names evokes beautiful images of other towns, other bustling cities…it fires the imagination to see those names!

Majestic Bus Stand parked buses

One of the important parts of the bus station is obviously the Traffic Control Room:

Majestic TC Room

Incredibly, under this, if you look closely can see, apart from the Rest Room for Staff, you can also spot a sign for a Hair Dresser!

Here’s the cloak room; I don’t know how safe it is to leave luggage here, but I suppose it must be, because there was quite a crowd milling around in front of it….

cloak room Majestic

Several other amenities have been provided for the travellers’ convenience….here’s the Advance Reservation counter…

Majestic bus stand Advance Ticket Reservation

..just look at the heavy bag that those two are carrying between them!

Here’s the drinking water provision, with a pigeon perched on the sign!

Majestic bus stand Drinking Water

And there are many of these phone booths (er, STD stands for Subscriber Trunk Dialling, and ISD means International calls…local calls are also advertised. Recently, BSNL has slashed the rates remarkably, nothing like a little healthy competition from the pinnacles where they were fleecing their customers…in 1996, an international call used to be around Rs.120 a minute, and an Internet dial-up connection cost per year was Rs.18, 000 or upwards!)

4th set Majestic phone booth

There are a multitude of shops and restaurants catering to travellers’ needs:

Majestic Bus Stand shops 8Jun07

You can see the fruits, the aerated drinks and mineral water, the biscuit packets and other assorted stuff!

And here are the morning’s newspapers, being cycled in…

Majestic bus stand Aaj ki Taaza Khabar

And alas, not all amenities are always usable…here’s the “May I Help You?” counter…it’s empty,and there seems no one is there to help…..

Majestic bus stand May I help you...empty

But some other facilities are truly innovative…old seats from buses which probably have been scrapped are now scattered across the terminal, providing comfortable seating for staff and passengers alike. What an economical usage of material!

Majestic bus stand Bus seats in the terminal

There are two really excellent maps of Karnataka on the wall; this one is a road map, notice Sholapur at the top…We talk about “roadmaps” for so many other things that it is nice to see an actual roadmap, for a change!

Majestic Bus Stand state road map

And another one giving distances from Bangalore in kilometers:

Majestic Bus Stand kilometreage map

I loved the beautiful art work on both the captions and the maps themselves; it was very artistically done.

Such an incredible variety of people traverse through the terminal, with jobs and purposes that one cannot even begin to visualize…here is a bangle seller, carrying his colourful, fragile wares!

Majestic Bus Stand Bangle Seller

I wondered where he was bound!

One of the things that did impress me was the general cleanliness of the Bus Stand. Everywhere were people sweeping up the constantly falling debris (our civic sense doesn’t seem to be of a high order!)…and I was very happy to see that waste was actually segregated:

Non-biodegradable waste goes here:

garbage clearance at Majestic Bus Stand

and bio-degradable goes here:

garbage clearance at Majestic Bus Stand

There are such signs, too (er, more observed in the breach, I am afraid!)

Majestic Bus Stand no plastic

But at least the intention is there!

And it was excellent that the cleaners were issued strong rubber gloves:

Majestic Bus Stand cleaning up

But there was only one problem…they picked up from both the separate dustbins, and put the waste all together in those wheelbarrows! So the segregation is only in name and completely useless!

Certainly, some of the other services like the public address system, or pointers to various bus bays, are not always followed, and leads to confusion on the part of the travellers once in a while. But overall, I felt that the Majestic Bus Stand is an efficient place where the common man, or woman, can begin or end a journey to other parts of the State or country, with reasonable comfort and ease!

6 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    What a lovely photo-essay! Thanks so much for the blog-side view of the place.

  2. tarlesubba (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

    thanks for reviewing and giving visibility to a true public space maintained by a public entity.

    that be the gandaberunda the quintessential karunaaDa icon ma’m. a perfect fit for ksrtc.

    perhaps you could have mentioned the environmental faux pas along side the description instead of letting the article end of a cynical note?

    they have smoking bans did you see any difference?
    how are the toilets maintained?

    some of them diesel monsters are actually bio diesel monsters.

  3. Amit (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    Nice take !! I would love to see the wondreful utility underpass which no doubt has averted many a fatal accidents which were once common in the buzzing mayhem.

  4. Premnath Kudva (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    I suppose the No Plastic sign was made of plastic!

  5. M O H A N (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    A good positive feed back. Happy to hear that there are things improving and people listening.

  6. Ravishankar (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    Wow. It’s been years since I visited the KG Bus station. Thanks Deepa for the tour. I loved the pictures…it actually gave me a feeling that I was in the Bus stand.

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