Why The Karnataka Government Is Parading 'Dead' Buses Across Bengaluru

10/05/2016 4:04 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Villagers look on as a burnt-out passenger bus of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is towed away in Challakere village, Chitradurga district around 220 kms north of Bangalore on May 30, 2010. At least 30 people, including 10 children, were burnt alive when a bus bound for the southern Indian city of Bangalore ploughed into a roadblock and caught fire, police said. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu Sarkar (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

In a bid to demonstrate the repercussions of damaging public property, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will hold a 'dead' bus rally in Bengaluru.

According to a report in The New Indian Express, the KSRTC managing director Rajender Kumar Kataria came up with the idea of parading the buses that were burnt and damaged during public protests and outrages.

"The Constitution that gives us the right to agitate also specifies our duty," said Kataria. "This bus is bought with public money. It is your bus, so we wanted people to remember this.”

To make a strong statement, the damaged, burnt buses will be given an artistic touch by city artists and will carry banners such as, 'What was my fault,' and 'Why Was I Targeted?'

The buses will then be towed across the major roads in Bengaluru.

Kataria said that it was after the sudden strike by garment factory workers against the government that brought the traffic in Bengaluru to a standstill that motivated him for this project.

Deccan Herald reported that the KSRTC incurred a loss of about of ₹10-15 crore, when the public damaged 150 buses and burnt down eight.

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