Mangaluru, Aug 19,2016: The KSRTC Mangaluru division is looking forward to the RTO Regional Transport Office, to laudown a timing chart to operate 17 more buses under the JnNURM, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The RTA, Regional Transport Authoritty had approved the applications of the KSRTC seeking route permission to operate buses under the scheme in its meeting on July 7.
Speaking to media, KSRTC Mangaluru Division Controller Vivekanand Hegde said, " It is awaited for the RTO to convene a meeting to schedule timings for the KSRTC buses. Once the timings are allotted by the RTO, the division will write to the KSRTC headquars and the old buses, that are operating on 18 routes, will be replaced with the new buses in a phased manner."
It may be recalled that the Union Ministry of Urban Development had sanctioned 65 buses to Mangalore division of KSRTC under the JnNURM scheme. Out of 65 low-floor buses sanctioned, 35 are earmarked for Mangaluru and the rest are for Udupi. The KSRTC Mangaluru division had submitted 35 applications for route permits to run city buses under JnNURM scheme in December, 2013, and March 2014.
The proposals remained pending before the RTA due to a District Magistrate (DM) notification of 1992 that restricts the issue of permits for city buses from State Bank bus terminus. It was on August 21, 2015, the then Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim relaxed the DM notification to allow the KSRTC to operate buses to various destinations from State Bank bus terminus under JnNURM and the KSRTC started operating 18 buses under JnNURM from December 16, 2015.
Out of 17 JnNURM buses, which will be introduced on 17 routes, four buses will ply as city tour buses, which will connect pilgrimage centres in the city - Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Temple, Mangaladevi Temple and Kadri Temple.
The new routes are -State Bank to Ira, State Bank to Shediguri, State Bank to Krishna Nagar, State Bank to Akash Bhavan, State Bank to Neeru Marga, State Bank to Porkodi, State Bank to Kavoor, State Bank to Adhyapadi, State Bank to Eliyarpadavu, State Bank to Boliyar, State Bank to Land Links, State Bank to Bajpe, State Bank to Kudroli- Mannagudda-Lady Hill-Lalbagh, KSRTC-Bejai Market-Kadri temple-St Agnes, Bendurwell-Kankanady-Nandigudde- Marnamikatte-Morgan’s Gate-Mangaladevi-Leewell-Marigudi, Emmekere and Pandeshwar, State Bank-Lady Goschen-Pandeshwara-Emmekere-Marigudi-Leewel-Mangaladevi-MorgansGate-Marnamikatte-Nandigudde-Kankanady-Bendurwell-Kadri Temple-Bejai Market- KSRTC-Lalbagh-Lady Hill-Mannagudde-Kudroli and Car Street, State Bank-Lady Goschen-Jyothi-Bunts Hostel- Mallikatte- Nantur- Maroli-Padee-Naguri-Pumpwell-Kankanady and Falnir, State Bank-Lady Goschen, Milagres-Falnir-Kankanady-Pumpwel-Nagori-Padil-Muroli-Nantur-Mallikatte and Bunts Hostel and State Bank to Kumpala.
Sleek looking buses are equipped with proven new-generation Tata Cummins ISB engines, air suspension, multiplex wiring meeting Urban Bus Specification II given by government of India. These buses have higher acceleration of 0.8m/sec. This will cut down on travel time, making bus travel faster for daily commuters.
The body is designed with a well-spaced out gangway of 700mm, higher passenger leg room to ensure passenger comfort. The buses have On-Bus ITS, Intelligent Transport System, public information system, automatic vehicle location system, security network system, vehicle health monitoring and diagnostics. GPRS enabled connectivity permits the bus to be connected with the control room for live monitoring. The buses are also enabled for smart ticketing options.
To driver’s seat is ergonomically designed with 4-ways adjustable mechanism. A wide-angle windshield will ensure maximum driver visibility. Chief minister Siddaramaiah and minister for transport Ramalinga Reddy, along with officials from Tata Motors flagged off 241 Tata Motors buses under the scheme in Bengaluru on Aug 18, Thursday. Out of these, Mangaluru will get 35 buses, Udupi 30 buses and Puttur 26 buses.