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Three more bus depots to be set up in Gulbarga district

Special Correspondent

Demand for another depot at Yedrami in Jewargi taluk to be considered



More facilities: Transport Minister R. Ashok laying the foundation stone for the bus-stand in Jewargi town in Gulbarga on Saturday.

GULBARGA: Transport Minister R. Ashok has said the State Government has approved the establishment of three new bus depots at Kamalapur, Chitapur and Deval Gangapur at a cost of Rs. 30 crore, and it will consider the demand for establishment of another bus depot at Yedrami in Jewargi taluk.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the bus-stand to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore on 2.24 acres of land in Jewargi town in Gulbarga district, here on Saturday, Mr. Ashok said that the Transport Ministry was preparing an action plan for introducing a new system to ensure that all the schemes taken up by the department are completed in a time-bound manner.

The bus-stand in Jewargi town would have all modern facilities and would have 16 platforms, he said.

The bus-stand should be completed within one year, and if the contractor failed to complete the construction within the stipulated period, a penalty would be levied on him.

Referring to accidents involving school buses due to speeding and rash driving, the Minister said that the Government had asked all school managements to install speed governors in their vehicles.

Referring to a large number of vacancies in the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and other transport corporations, Mr. Ashok said that the Government had taken a decision to fill 18,000 vacant posts in the KSRTC and other corporations.

Mr. Ashok said the Government had entrusted the responsibility of preparing a blueprint for the overall development of Gulbarga district for the next 20 years to Tata Consultancy Services and had released Rs. 20 crore for preparing the blueprint.

Mr. Ashok said that the Ministry had taken a policy decision to phase out all vehicles taken on contract by the different transport corporations and introduce their own vehicles.

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