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KSRTC to open new division in Puttur

Anil Kumar Sastry


It will be carved out of the Mangalore Division

KSRTC plans to consolidate its position in coastal Karnataka


Bangalore: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will open a new division in Puttur in Dakshina Kannada by this month-end.

This new division will be carved out of the existing Mangalore Division, which has the highest number of schedules (785) among the 13 divisions of the KSRTC, and one depot — Madikeri — from the Mysore Rural Division will be attached to it.

‘Over-saturated'

“The measure will not only consolidate our position in coastal Karnataka, but also enhance the delivery of services. The Mangalore Division, with seven depots, is over-saturated. The new division is being carved out for better monitoring and administration,” said KSRTC Managing Director Gaurav Gupta.

The corporation, Mr. Gupta told The Hindu, had opened a new division at Chamarajanagar last year, taking the total number of divisions to 13. Ideally, one division has to cater to 500 schedules. With the bifurcation of Mangalore Division, the old division will have about 400 schedules and the new one will get about 500 schedules, he said.

Puttur and surrounding taluks — Sullia, Belthangadi and Bantwala — come under the nationalised routes scheme and the corporation has to focus more on providing bus service in these areas. A new division at Puttur would certainly help operate short-distance services even as the KSRTC could concentrate on long-distance, inter-State and premium services from the Mangalore Division, Mr. Gupta said.

At present, the Mangalore Division has seven depots — Mangalore I, II, and III, Kundapura, Dharmasthala, Puttur and B.C. Road. After the bifurcation, the Mangalore Division will continue to have Mangalore I, II, III and Kundapura depots even as another depot is proposed at Udupi.

“We have sufficient land abutting the National Highway in Udpui and the depot will come up soon,” Mr. Gupta said.

The new division at Puttur will have Dharmasthala, B.C. Road, Puttur and Madikeri depots. The corporation is scouting for land at Sullia to open one more depot, Mr. Gupta said.

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