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Bus-stands for all taluk, district headquarters

Staff Correspondent

PPP model to be adopted to build them


‘Any city, town will be sanctioned a bus-stand provided land is provided'

15 hightech sleeper coach buses to be introduced

in State




Making promises: Minister for Transport R. Ashok (Centre) addressing presspersons in Chitradurga on Saturday.

Chitradurga: Minister for Transport R. Ashok has said that the Government was planning to construct sophisticated bus-stands in all the taluk and districts headquarters of the State under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

Addressing presspersons at the residence of G.H. Tippareddy, MLC, here on Saturday before leaving for Bharamasagar hobli to inaugurate the newly built bus-stand there, Mr. Ashok said the bus-stands under the PPP model would be of the kind already built in Hassan, Mangalore, Belgaum and Hubli.

As development of any place is dependent on its transportation system, Mr. Ashok said: “The Government will soon roll out a master plan to improve the quality of bus stands in the State”. Tenders would be called for the project shortly, he added.

The Transport Minister claimed that the Government has pressed into service over 22,000 buses in the State, which is the highest number of buses any State transport corporation is plying in any other State in the country.

As there is an increase in the demand for high-tech sleeper coach buses, 15 such buses would be introduced soon. To begin with, they would be introduced in Mysore and Mangalore where mostly private buses are operating. “The objective is not to snatch away the earnings of private operators but to introduce healthy competition among the transport operators”, he added.

Mr. Ashok indicated that better bus connectivity would be provided to historical places in the State so that it gives a boost to tourism industry. In reply to a query, Mr. Ashok said funds have been released for construction of a bus depot in Challakere taluk of the district. He said that the Government would immediately sanction a bus stand for any city or town in the State provided land was made available.

Roof-top travel

Transport Minister R. Ashok says roof-top travelling on private buses in the State can be stopped if the step ladder fixed to the bus is dismantled. The Minister said: “Many people opt to travel on roof-tops, which is dangerous. Many die of either a fatal fall or electrocution. Every time such a death occurs, the Transport Department is held responsible. But it is the bus operators who are responsible for roof-top travellers dying in tragic circumstances”.

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