Response to RTIs from BMTC 


13 December 2021: Information was sought to provide details on any public reward; mechanisms for a citizen, in reporting a bus that is emitting smoke above the permissible limit. If it exists, kindly provide details on the complaints received and their results. Provide details on any public feedback mechanism: 


BMTC response: As there is no information in the technical department, the request has been forwarded to Division no. 8 under column  6(3) under the RTI Act 2005. The applicant is requested to file individual RTIs to obtain information from all the divisions. 


13th December 2021 : Information was sought to provide details on the number of depots that are equipped with computerised smoke emission testing facilities


BMTC response: All the depots under BMTC have been equipped with computerised smoke emission testing facilities

13th December 2021: Information was sought to provide details  of the buses withdrawn at the stage of emission checks at the depots
BMTC response: The buses are subject to smoke emission tests every month

13th December 2021 : Information was sought to provide details on the number of mobile vehicular emission monitoring vehicles 
BMTC response: BMTC has organised a programme to conduct surprise checks of the smoke emission using a mobile vehicular emission monitoring vehicle, every month. 

13th December 2021 : Information was sought to provide details on the number of surprise emission/fitness checks on BMTC buses
BMTC response: As per the above-mentioned programme, every month, 18 to 20 buses undergo the surprise emission/fitness checks. 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the list of buses identified as operating with black smoke from 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:


BMTC response: There are no buses emitting black smoke that are operational under BMTC. 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the number of buses retired from 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:

BMTC response: Following is the total number of BMTC buses scrapped during the given period:

- 21 buses from 01.01.2015 to  31.03.2015
- 118 buses from 2015 - 16 
- 343 buses from 2016 - 17 
- 880 buses from 2017 - 18
- 440 buses from 2018 - 19 
- 190 buses from 2019 - 2020
- 168 buses from 2020 - 2021 
- 28 buses from 01.04.2021 to 15.09.2021 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the health report inclusive of PUC of the buses at service at this moment 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:


BMTC response: The information requested is very large. Information will be provided based on the essential/accurate data required. 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the general statistics on bus break down 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:  


BMTC response: According to the statistics department, the following number of BMTC buses have been broken down for the given period: 

- 562 buses from 01.01.2015 to  31.03.2015
- 2570 buses from 2015 - 16 
- 2462 buses from 2016 - 17 
- 2074 buses from 2017 - 18
- 1243 buses from 2018 - 19 
- 1284 buses from 2019 - 2020
- 268 buses from 2020 - 2021 
- 27 buses from 01.04.2021 to 15.09.2021 


23 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the total number of e-buses operational and their route 1st January 2015 to 15th September 2021 


BMTC response: In the given duration, there are no electric buses operational under BMTC


23 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the total number of e-buses procured during 1st January 2015 to 15th September 2021:


BMTC response: No electric buses have been procured by BMTC till date


21 October 2016: As per RTI responses, on 21 October 2016, approval was accorded for the procurement of 150 electric buses and setting up required infrastructure for the operation of the e-buses under Government of India’s FAME scheme.

                                                            Blogs

29  November 2019:The lease-buy drama of BMTC’s Electric Buses                

                                           Meeting BMTC:

19 November 2020: We met BMTC chairperson, Mr N. S. Nandiesha Reddy,  

We had a long conversation about buses and public transport in Bangalore. Mr Reddy mentioned that with the pandemic, BMTC is also facing many challenges that have impacted some of their much-awaited policies -- whether that’s induction of electric buses or starting work on the bus priority lanes.  

Despite the success of bus priority lane Mr Nandiesha Redday also pointed out that many citizens who prefer driving in their own cars are opposed to these bus priority lanes and we need a shift in mindset.

While talking about the electric buses, he mentioned that tenders have been floated for the electric buses. We can soon expect the induction of 300 buses after the finalisation of contracts. Electric buses often get deprioritized because of the ambiguity of new technology. 

                   Petition Content/Demands  for BMTC

43% of Bengaluru’s carbon emissions are courtesy vehicles which is why we need bodies like the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to clean up their act and stop delaying the adoption of more sustainable methods. Jhatkaa.org filed some RTIs and investigated the BMTC in Bangalore. The revelations were shocking!


Our investigation reveals that despite a stay order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), BMTC has been purchasing highly polluting diesel buses instead of clean energy ones. In addition to that, they haven’t stuck to the retirement policy of the buses and are still using climatically degrading buses that are older than 11 years.


BMTC also has no emission norms in place and their buses emit black smoke even though they claim otherwise. On top of this the corporation states that they hold surprise checks for their buses and each of their 45 depots have computerized emission testing facilities but there is no data available for any of these checks.


There is no public complaint mechanism available to complain against these issues too.


This is a great opportunity for Bengalureans to put pressure on the BMTC and demand accountability.


Given these findings, we urge BMTC to take a positive step towards clean air in Bengaluru and prioritize citizens’ health. Thus, we demand that:

  • BMTC stop the use of BS I, II and III buses and give a detailed timeline to retire and replace buses that have covered 8.5 lakh Kilometres or are older than 11 years. 

  • BMTC formulate an emission norm policy.

  • BMTC introduce a public redressal system to register complaints.

  • BMTC make available all real time data on emission checks to the public.


Sign the petition for a cleaner and healthier Bengaluru now! #BMTCcleanyourfleet

  Response to RTIs from BMTC 


13 December 2021: Information was sought to provide details on any public reward; mechanisms for a citizen, in reporting a bus that is emitting smoke above the permissible limit. If it exists, kindly provide details on the complaints received and their results. Provide details on any public feedback mechanism: 


BMTC response: As there is no information in the technical department, the request has been forwarded to Division no. 8 under column  6(3) under the RTI Act 2005. The applicant is requested to file individual RTIs to obtain information from all the divisions. 


13th December 2021 : Information was sought to provide details on the number of depots that are equipped with computerised smoke emission testing facilities


BMTC response: All the depots under BMTC have been equipped with computerised smoke emission testing facilities

13th December 2021: Information was sought to provide details  of the buses withdrawn at the stage of emission checks at the depots
BMTC response: The buses are subject to smoke emission tests every month

13th December 2021 : Information was sought to provide details on the number of mobile vehicular emission monitoring vehicles 
BMTC response: BMTC has organised a programme to conduct surprise checks of the smoke emission using a mobile vehicular emission monitoring vehicle, every month. 

13th December 2021 : Information was sought to provide details on the number of surprise emission/fitness checks on BMTC buses
BMTC response: As per the above-mentioned programme, every month, 18 to 20 buses undergo the surprise emission/fitness checks. 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the list of buses identified as operating with black smoke from 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:


BMTC response: There are no buses emitting black smoke that are operational under BMTC. 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the number of buses retired from 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:

BMTC response: Following is the total number of BMTC buses scrapped during the given period:

- 21 buses from 01.01.2015 to  31.03.2015
- 118 buses from 2015 - 16 
- 343 buses from 2016 - 17 
- 880 buses from 2017 - 18
- 440 buses from 2018 - 19 
- 190 buses from 2019 - 2020
- 168 buses from 2020 - 2021 
- 28 buses from 01.04.2021 to 15.09.2021 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the health report inclusive of PUC of the buses at service at this moment 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:


BMTC response: The information requested is very large. Information will be provided based on the essential/accurate data required. 


24 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the general statistics on bus break down 1st January 2015 - 15th September 2021:  


BMTC response: According to the statistics department, the following number of BMTC buses have been broken down for the given period: 

- 562 buses from 01.01.2015 to  31.03.2015
- 2570 buses from 2015 - 16 
- 2462 buses from 2016 - 17 
- 2074 buses from 2017 - 18
- 1243 buses from 2018 - 19 
- 1284 buses from 2019 - 2020
- 268 buses from 2020 - 2021 
- 27 buses from 01.04.2021 to 15.09.2021 


23 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the total number of e-buses operational and their route 1st January 2015 to 15th September 2021 


BMTC response: In the given duration, there are no electric buses operational under BMTC


23 September 2021: Information was sought to provide the total number of e-buses procured during 1st January 2015 to 15th September 2021:


BMTC response: No electric buses have been procured by BMTC till date


21 October 2016: As per RTI responses, on 21 October 2016, approval was accorded for the procurement of 150 electric buses and setting up required infrastructure for the operation of the e-buses under Government of India’s FAME scheme.

                                                            Blogs

29  November 2019:The lease-buy drama of BMTC’s Electric Buses                

                                           Meeting BMTC:

19 November 2020: We met BMTC chairperson, Mr N. S. Nandiesha Reddy,  

We had a long conversation about buses and public transport in Bangalore. Mr Reddy mentioned that with the pandemic, BMTC is also facing many challenges that have impacted some of their much-awaited policies -- whether that’s induction of electric buses or starting work on the bus priority lanes.  

Despite the success of bus priority lane Mr Nandiesha Redday also pointed out that many citizens who prefer driving in their own cars are opposed to these bus priority lanes and we need a shift in mindset.

While talking about the electric buses, he mentioned that tenders have been floated for the electric buses. We can soon expect the induction of 300 buses after the finalisation of contracts. Electric buses often get deprioritized because of the ambiguity of new technology. 

                   Petition Content/Demands  for BMTC

43% of Bengaluru’s carbon emissions are courtesy vehicles which is why we need bodies like the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to clean up their act and stop delaying the adoption of more sustainable methods. Jhatkaa.org filed some RTIs and investigated the BMTC in Bangalore. The revelations were shocking!


Our investigation reveals that despite a stay order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), BMTC has been purchasing highly polluting diesel buses instead of clean energy ones. In addition to that, they haven’t stuck to the retirement policy of the buses and are still using climatically degrading buses that are older than 11 years.


BMTC also has no emission norms in place and their buses emit black smoke even though they claim otherwise. On top of this the corporation states that they hold surprise checks for their buses and each of their 45 depots have computerized emission testing facilities but there is no data available for any of these checks.


There is no public complaint mechanism available to complain against these issues too.


This is a great opportunity for Bengalureans to put pressure on the BMTC and demand accountability.


Given these findings, we urge BMTC to take a positive step towards clean air in Bengaluru and prioritize citizens’ health. Thus, we demand that:

  • BMTC stop the use of BS I, II and III buses and give a detailed timeline to retire and replace buses that have covered 8.5 lakh Kilometres or are older than 11 years. 

  • BMTC formulate an emission norm policy.

  • BMTC introduce a public redressal system to register complaints.

  • BMTC make available all real time data on emission checks to the public.


Sign the petition for a cleaner and healthier Bengaluru now! #BMTCcleanyourfleet

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