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BMTC buses will soon ply in the city with a blue/white colour scheme. Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has announced that all public transport buses will carry a uniform blue/white colour code within a few months' time, so as to maintain a better identity.
ET Auto shares that the proposal was uplifted by BMTC's board members at a meeting held last week. The decision invited some disapproval, even though a good majority was in favour.
The proposed blue/white colour code will be applicable to around 6000 ordinary BMTC buses, currently in operation. Meanwhile, the Vajra and Vayu Vajra AC bus services will carry forward the current blue paint scheme.
"The uniform colour scheme was chosen as there are no functional differences among the ordinary buses. For many years since the BMTC came into being in 1997, all the ordinary buses were painted with blue-and-white," shared an official.
BMTC also stated that close to 4000 non-AC buses are green in colour while around 640 units run in orange. The remaining buses employ the proposed blue/white colour theme.
"Around 82% of the employees and 65% of the people whom we surveyed opted blue-and-white over other colours. There were very few people who preferred green and about 15% of the participants were indifferent," said V Ponnuraj, Managing Director of BMTC.
"The process of painting all the ordinary buses blue and white will take its time, and will be done when the bus is taken for annual servicing," he further added.
Earlier, BMTC buses came in more than 10 colour schemes that included even brown and silver. However, this was cut short to just three colours back in 2015, after taking a Korean bus-transport model into consideration. As per the model, ordinary buses were green in colour while AC buses came in blue/white. On the other hand, feeder bus services for the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) ran in orange.
Soon, all of them will follow a blue/white colour code.
Thoughts On The New Colour Code For BMTC Buses
Colour coding of products is an efficient way to identify them or know data related to them. As basic and simple as it is, colour coding is a procedure employed in almost all kinds of product businesses. The same applies for services as well.
In the case of BMTC buses, we would prefer them to be distinguished by a few separate colour codes (as per route, ac/non-ac, place of operation, etc.) rather than just one theme.