KSRTC, private bus stands to be shifted temporarily

KSRTC, private bus stands to be shifted temporarily

The project of concreting the main road from Major Mangerira Muttanna Circle (in front of Town Hall) to Cauvery Hall will be commenced on October 26. At this backdrop, the private and the kSRTC bus stands are being shifted temporarily.

At a public meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner K H Ashwathanarayan Gowda at Cauvery Kalakshetra here on Thursday, District Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri said since the first phase of the project require about 45 days, the bus stands need to be shifted.

The private bus stand will be shifted to the APMC grounds while the KSRTC bus stand will be shifted to the depot temporarily. Gandhi Maidan will be allotted for taxi parking. The information on the parking of other vehicles will be given through media in the coming days, he said.

The KSRTC officials requested that the buses should be allowed to ply on Raja Seat road since there is less space in the depot. However, the SP said movement of heavy vehicles could not be permitted since the Raja Seat road passes in front of a school.

Autorickshaw Owners and Drivers Association President Medappa requested the district administration to allow the traffic on the one side of the road instead of closing it totally. Replying to this, the DC said since the project of concreting the stretch need to be taken up at a time, it has become inevitable to close it completely.

Private Bus Operators Association President Ramesh Joyappa advised the administration to give equal importance to footpath. Laying concrete roads in an unscientific manner will result in accidents, he said.

City Municipal Council President P D Ponnappa said certain amount has been reserved out of Rs 15 crore released under Chief Minister’s Minor and Medium Towns’ Development Plan, for constructing footpath and drainages. The project will be commenced once the action plan gets approved.

“Concrete roads are being laid with a cost of Rs 1.7 crore under KMRP scheme with the help of the World Bank. The first phase includes concreting of road in between Major Mangerira Muttanna Circle and Cauvery Hall, while the second phase includes Indira Gandhi Circle to Cauvery Hall,” informed City Municipal Commissioner Srikanth Rao.

Since there is no positive response from some of the traders regarding constructing an underground passage through Junior College road to the KSRTC bus stand, the concreting of road from the private bus stand to the Indira Gandhi Circle will be taken up in the third phase, he clarified.

A sum of Rs 39 lakh has been earmarked to construct the tunnel road from Hotel Choice through P K Aziz shop, he informed. “The first phase from Major Mangerira Muttanna Circle to Cauvery Hall will begin on October 26. It will take about 45 days. The contract has been assigned to Mysore-based V N Constructions. Road divider and solar lights will be provided to the new road, Rao said.

There will be no repetition of the old mistakes. Quality will be the priority, he added.
The pipelines of drinking water which are amidst the road at present, will be shifted to either sides of the road. The either sides will be filled with interlocks, he informed.

The City Municipal Commissioner asked the Chescom and BSNL officials to take precautions to see that the road will not be damaged while laying their cables. CMC Standing Committee President Unnikrishnan, DySP J D Prakash, representatives of various organisations, traders, drivers and the members of the public took part in the interactions.