Mangaluru, Sep 11 sep 2017 1: The State government will develop five KSRTC bus stands in Udupi in a year from now, according to Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister of State for Fisheries, Sports and Youth Empowerment.
They would be built at a cost of Rs. 50 crore, he said at a function organised to lay the foundation stone for developing a stand for KSRTC city bus services in Udupi on Sunday. The three-storey stand coming up on 41 cents would cost Rs. 4 crore. It would accommodate 10 buses at a time.
There would be a provision to park 20 cars and the building would have nine commercial shops. The project would be completed in 10 months. Udupi district in-charge Minister said in addition, a bus stand for other KSRTC buses would be constructed at Bannanje in Udupi on three-acre land. It would cost Rs. 35 crore. The government has approved this project.
In addition, three more city bus stands would be developed in Manipal, Malpe and Udupi at a cost of Rs. 10 crore. The Minister said though there was pressure from private bus owners to prevent operation of KSRTC buses in Udupi sanctioned under JNNURM, the government did not yield to it. Hence people at large have been benefited from KSRTC services. Gopala Poojary, chairman, KSRTC said the corporation was in the process of purchasing 1,800 buses. Once they are in, 1,000 old buses would be replaced. The Mangaluru division of the KSRTC would get 11 new Volvo buses. Mr. Poojary, who is also the MLA of Byndoor, said Rs. 10 crore has been set aside for building a bus depot in Byndoor. If land was made available in Karkala, a depot would be opened there. A separate KSRTC division for Udupi can be opened once the two depots are built.
He said the KSRTC bus services would be introduced on Kundapura- Hosangady- Shivamogga and Kundapura- Hosanagara-Shivamogga routes shortly.
Mr. Poojary said the KSRTC was awaiting timings for 87 permits already given.
Courtesy: The hindu