Bantwal, April 25, 2015 : The foundation for a KSRTC bus terminus at B.C.Road was laid by State Transport Minister R Ramalinga Reddy who also happens to be the Chairman of KSRTC, on April 24, Friday.
The bus terminus would come up on a 1.5 acre land adjacent to the National Highway at an estimated cost of Rs 7.5 crores.
The terminus measuring 4,879 sq meters will have basement and ground plus two floors. It will have 12 bus bays, waiting area, luggage room, commercial outlets, refreshment centres, public toilets and drinking water facility. The basement would be utilised for parking.
In his address, Reddy said the KSRTC which at present was providing bus services in 18 cities and towns apart from Bengaluru would extend its city bus services in 12 more cities in the next two months. All towns having over one lakh population will get KSRTC city bus services, he added.
The Minister on this occasion informed that the KSRTC would recruit only local people for its Mangaluru, Puttur and Chamarajanagar divisions where at present most of the employees are from other districts. He said he was also aware that these employees find it difficult to adjust to local food and weather.
JNNURM buses in Mangaluru in 2 months : The Minister also informed that the low-floored buses sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)would operate in Mangaluru in two months. He informed that he had held talks with the DC on the issue of granting permits to these buses.