Udupi, Sep 8,2016 : Udupi District in-charge Minister Pramod Madhwaraj launched the low-floor ultra-modern buses sanctioned to Udupi district under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at a ceremony held at Beedinagudde ground on September 7, Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister informed that the new buses will commence operations from September 8 ( today) from the JNNURM bus stand near the old DDPI office. He said a total of 30 buses have been sanctioned under the scheme to the district, and that 16 out of them will be operational on Thursday.
He also informed that students upto seventh standard will be offered free travel in the bus while High School male students will be offered concessional passes at the rate of Rs 2 per day which amounts to Rs 600 for ten months, while girl students will be charged Re 1 per day which will come upto Rs 400 for 10 months. College and diploma students will have to get concessional passes by paying Rs 900 valid for 12 months, while it is Rs 1,150 for ITI students, Rs 1400 for medical engineering students and Rs 1200 for evening college students. The amount can be paid online, the minister added.
The bus has three high resolution CCTV cameras, panic button, voice announcement, automated doors and wheel chair ramp for disabled among other amenities. It offers free travel or the visually impaired, freedom fighters and their better halves, widows of freedom fighters, national bravery award winning children and sitting MLCs.
Vivekananda Hegde, Regional Control Officer, KSRTC Mangalore Division and many others were present.