Udupi, Dec 04, 2014: Addressing the media after his inspection , Transport Minister R Ramalinga Reddy said that as many as 545 city buses under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) will be commissioned for the entire State, of which Udupi district will receive 30 buses.
The JnNURM depot in Udupi being built at the cost of 6 crore will be completed by March.
He added, the JnNURM bus stop would be built in 40 cents of land near Baliga Towers, which belongs to Public Instruction department. It is constructed at the cost of Rs 1.40 crore.
The present city bus stand is too congested to accommodate JnNURM buses, he said and added the school structures available in the area would be shifted to Board high school grounds. Out of the total 545 buses, 35 buses will be plying in Mangalore, 30 in Mandya, 20 in Ramnagar, 30 in Chitradurga, 65 in Shivamoga, 40 in Tumkur, 25 in KJF, 50 in Davanagere and 125 in Mysore.
Rs six crore will be spent on JnNURM bus stand built in Mangalore. The State is recognized by the center for the proficiency of maintaining sophisticated city transport system in North East region and similar measures would be taken in North West area of the State too, he said.
Retorting to a query, the minister said that the petrol and diesel price is not decreased in any part of the country including 10 States ruled by BJP government. There is no proposal to decrease the price of the petrol and diesel in near future, as the international price of the crude oil is fluctuating.
He said in the aftermath of the fire incident of the Volvo buses in Hyderabad and Koppal, the State government has put forth 10 safety guidelines to be strictly followed by KSRTC and private buses. The recent fire incident of private Volvo bus in Mangalore is not absolutely owing to the slack in adopting the safety measures.
He added that KSTTC is running under low profits, however attempts would be made to maintain no profits, no loss policy. The BMTC is also running under loss, he added. He said the loss is due to the huge amount of salaries and other factual obligations. In 2008-09, the amount that was paid in the form of salary was Rs 300 crore. In 2013-14, the salary amount is increased to Rs 899 crore and is likely to go up to Rs 1045 crore in 2014-15. He added that the city transport is nowhere in the profit across the country.
Stating that measures would be taken to retain the newly built KSRTC depot, which is being identified for acquisition by National Highway Authority in Udupi, the minister said that the land was identified by NHAI after the commissioning of the depot. It is identified to construct truck-bay. However, alternative land is referred for truck bay at Kalyanpur-Uppuru curve.
The minister added that 2.94 acre of land is identified in Bannanje for KSRTC bus stop and measures will be taken for PWD minister’s approval. He said bus stops would be built at all areas wherever it is deemed necessary in another two years across State.
Later speaking at the review meet, the minister said issues concerning pollution, over loading, reservation for women, differently abled and senior citizens should be taken up on priority. He added to fill up the vacant posts, the government would initiate actions to recruit as many as 248 staffs, following the vacation of the stay order by the High Court, which was issued three years ago in response to the appeal against the 248 persons who were recruited earlier. He assured to set right the problems of software and hardware enabling the issuing of DL, which is working slowly. He directed the RTO to take stringent action against the harsh horns and drunken drive cases. He said it is essential to reach the target.
The minister assured to introduce KSRTC buses wherever the private buses are not operating. He said the number of buses would be increased in the route of Brahmavar and Kundapura. He said measures should be taken to solve the high footboard problems.
RTO Arun Kumar said that as against the target subscribed for April to November, the department has achieved 99.39 per cent reach. The target achieved is Rs 60.76 crore as against the actual target of Rs 61.13 crore. The annual target is 91.70 crore for the current fiscal year. He added a proposal is sent to the deputy commissioner over constructing computerized driving track in 10 acre of land near Karantha Kalagrama in Alevoor. It is in the process of consideration. As many as 11, 328 applications are disposed under Sakala in November. As many as 7,807 vehicles were inspected until November end, he said. It is a hope for Udupi to get a better transport profile.