Mangalore, July 12, 2011:DC Channappa Gowda said that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will launch Volvo bus service from KSRTC bus stand to Bajpe Airport through Kadri from July 15. He was speaking at the quarterly progress review meeting held under the Karnataka Development Programme on July 11 Monday at the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) Auditorium. Further, he said that the service will be extended based on public response to it.
District-in-charge Minister Krishna J. Palemar presided over the meeting. The minister wanted a compliance report on the various decisions made at the previous meeting to extend KSRTC bus services to rural places and to appoint drivers. In response to the query, a KSRTC representative said that drivers will soon be recruited and that bus services will soon be introduced wherever required.
Aptly pointing out that these promises are made at every review progress meeting and that this has been happening for the past 3 meetings, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Deputy Speaker N. Yogish Bhat urged KSRTC to provide regular bus services for public benefits. Mallikarjun, the region transport officer, said that the issue will be discussed at the RTO meeting held on July 18 to discuss public grievances.
Airport Director M. R. Vasudeva said that infrastructure is required to transform the Bajpe Airport and give it an international airport status. Prabhulinga Kavalikatti, the assistant commissioner of Mangalore subdivision, said that a survey is currently being conducted to extend the runway and that the government has already released Rs. 16 crore of the required Rs. 52 crore for the land acquisition process.
The issue of providing door numbers to those who have constructed homes on government land was also discussed at the meeting. In response to MLA Abhay Chandra Jain’s suggestion that temporary door numbers should be provided to such homes, Palemar said that the system of providing temporary door numbers after collecting double the house tax is practiced in cities. He urged the ZP to pass a resolution regarding this during its general session and forward it for government action.
The district health officer confirmed that no cases of H1N1 have been detected so far during this season. He was speaking in response to the recent swine flu scare in Udupi.
ZP President Shailaja Bhat, Vice President Dhanalakshmi, MCC Commissioner Vijayaprakasah, and chairpersons of various standing committees of the ZP were also present.