City to have 4 more satellite bus terminals

City to have 4 more satellite bus terminals

A satellite bus terminal in Kengeri. DH Photo

The terminals to come up on Hosur Road, Kolar Road, Tumkur Road and Bellary road, would ease the pressure on Kempegowda bus station in Majestic, Transport Minister Ashoka said in the Legislative Council on Monday. He was replying to a starred question from E Krishnappa of JD(S).

The KSRTC has already purchased 7.20 acres near Peenya from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation for satellite bus terminal.

A Rs 32-cr tender has been finalised and work order will be issued in about a month. Similarly, nine acres has been purchased at Byappanahalli off Old Madras Road. The Corporation is in the process of identifying land on Hosur and Bellary roads in coordination with the Revenue Department. Ashoka said steps are also being taken to construct a city bus stand (BMTC) adjacent to the satellite terminal on Mysore Road.

Robbery and murder

Ashoka, who also holds the Home portfolio, told the Council that 601 robbery and murder cases were registered in the City in the past two years (2009 and 2010) of which 487 have been solved.

BU trifurcation

Higher Education minister V S Acharya told the Council that a decision on trifurcation of the Bangalore University will be taken after the Higher Education Council submits its report.

Replying to a question by Y A Narayanaswamy (Ind), Acharya said the committee headed by former vice-chancellor Dr N Rudraiah has recommended trifurcation of the university. The Higher Education Council has been asked to submit a report on the pros and cons of the recommendation.

Beggars in City

Bangalore city has 538 beggars, including 214 of other states, Social Welfare Minister A Narayanaswamy said.

In a written reply to a question by D S Veeraiah, the minister said government has spent Rs 7.75 crore for the welfare of beggars till December 2010, against Rs 17.17 crore collected as beggary cess.