Udupi: The dreams of Udupians to travel in buses sanctioned under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) may soon become reality. The KSRTC Division is planning to roll out these buses in the first week of June, said Pramod Madhwaraj, MLA of Udupi.
Addressing the press meet at the Press Club on May 7, Pramod said that low-floor buses will commence services from the month of June. In the first phase, 10-15 buses will commence service from Udupi JnNURM bus stand allotted near Old DDPI Office as demanded by the KSRTC and the people of the city. The RTO has already given permission to the buses and the route and timings will be fixed soon. “We have asked the KSRTC to give brand new buses to Udupi. The body building works will be completed by the end of May,” he added.
The JnNURM depot in Udupi being built at a cost of Rs 4 crore will be completed soon. The JnNURM bus stop will be built in a 41 cents land belonging to the Public Instruction Department near Baliga Towers. The state cabinet has approved to build the JnNURM bus stand. The land has been handed over to KSRTC and the existing structure will be demolished soon. In the first phase, a temporary bus shelter will be built after the completion of ground leveling work.
The state government has also given its approval for the transfer of 2.5 acres of land for the construction of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus stand at Bannanje here. The first phase of the new bus stand will be built at a cost Rs 5 crore.
Meenakshi Madhava Bannaje (president CMC Udupi), Sandhya Kumar (vice president), Chandra Shekar (Divisional control officer KSRTC) and Gudigar (KSRTC Executive director) were present.