Udupi, Mar 15, 2016: Udupi District Commissioner Dr R. Vishal said on mar 14, Monday that the work to widen National Highway 66, except the underpasses and flyovers, on Hejmady-Kundapur stretch in Udupi district, is likely to be completed by the end of May. He was speaking at the RTA - Regional Transport Authority meeting here.
DC Dr. Vishal said that also to be completed by May-end is the stretch in Padubidri town. All these should ease the movement of traffic on the national highway to a large extent. Blind spots or spots prone to accidents on National Highways and State Highways in the district are being identified. The areas where the feeder roads joined the highways also are accident prone. To reduce accidents, reflectors and rumbler stripes would be installed in such places. Reflectors would also be installed at curves on the highways.
JNNURM buses : The first lot of city buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme was expected to be delivered either by the end of this month or by the beginning of next month. The City Bus Stand for the JNNRUM buses would be constructed at the Old DDPI Office. The 34 cents of land of the Old DDPI Office (near the Private City Bus Stand) had been handed over by the Department of Education to the Department of Transport. The demolition of the Old DDPI Office would be taken up soon. Thereafter, the new bus city stand would be constructed. Both these works would be completed in a time-bound manner.
Bus stand : A three-acre land belonging to the Public Works Department at Bannanje would be handed over to the Department of Transport for the construction of the KSRTC bus stand here after getting approval from the State Cabinet which was expected soon.
The KSRTC Depot at Nittoor here will remain where it is while an alternative land would be provided to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the construction of a lorry bay.
While private buses had been the mainstay of transportation in the district, the number of buses run by the KSRTC too had been increased. This steps was taken to improve connectivity in rural areas of the district, Dr. Vishal said.
S.B. Surendrappa, Senior Regional Transport Officer, was present.