Video conference from jails, KSRTC bus fare drop and other news from Bengaluru!

Pic courtesy: Information Department, Govt of Karnataka

Video conference between courts and jails

Acting Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee inaugurated the pilot of high definition video conference between courts and jails at Bengaluru as a part of Digital India Week.

The pilot launch includes two courts — City Civil Court and 1st Additional Court Bangalore and district court, Mangalore and six district jails, namely, Mysuru, Dharwad, Kalburgi, Belgavi, Vijayapura and Bellary.

The project will provide high definition video conferencing facility to all jails and courts in the state of Karnataka, which is perceived to be a revolution in criminal justice system for speedy disposal of the cases. The video-conferencing system will be provided within the court hall itself, so that the undertrials need not be physically produced in the courts. It reduces the expenditure of transport of undertrials and eliminates the risk of escape of the undertrials during transportation.

BMTC pass for degree students

BMTC has started issuing concessional student bus passes for degree, post-graduation, professional, technical, medical and evening college students on July 3rd 2015.

Passes will be issued at 40 pass counters across the city, that are open from 8 am to 5 pm on all working days and remain closed on Sundays and general holidays. However, the Kempegowda pass counter (at Majestic Bus station) will function from morning 8 am to 8 pm. Passes will be issued for evening college students only at the Kempegowda pass counter.

Revised application forms are available free of cost at all pass counters. Copies of the same can be downloaded from BMTC website (

Documents required:

  • Original fee receipt for the current academic year

  • ID card issued by Colleges.

  • Two passport size recent photos of the applicant

  • The prescribed pass fee.

  • Copy of the Aadhar Card (if available)

The BMTC press note says that applications submitted in the old format are no longer accepted.

KSRTC reduces bus fare for premium buses

KSRTC has reduced the passenger bus fares by 10% for the premier services such as Rajahamsa, Vaibhav, Airavat, Multi Axle, AC Sleeper, Non-AC Sleeper, Bliss, Superia during the time months (from 01/07/2015 to 30/09/2015). The fares are reduced by 10% (Basic fare) for the passengers travelling on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays for the above premier class of services.

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