Mangaluru: A Regional Transport Authority (RTA) meeting was held at the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, on April 5.
KSRTC sought fresh permits to operate in 17 new routes in addition to the 18 buses already plying the city limits under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) scheme. These applications were rejected by Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim citing that the permits were sought in the same routes where these buses ply already. “Public opinion must be sought before applying for fresh permits. We need transport in the regions where there is least connectivity. Public should approach KSRTC by April 15 and voice their suggestions. KSRTC can then apply for new permit licenses,” Ibrahim said.
73 applications from private bus operators (PBO) for new permits were debated at the meeting. Citing high prices for fitting mandatory speed governors, PBO also requested to give them free choice in the selection of company that supplied speed governors.
Rickshaw drivers union sought cancellation of free rickshaw permits as in the past three months itself 670 new rickshaws were introduced to the city. The increase in number of rickshaws had caused congestion in the city.
SP Dr Sharanappa and others were also present.