Citizens appeal DC to modify DM notification

Citizens appeal DC to modify DM notification

‘Modify 1992 notification, allowing additional KSRTC or private buses to enter State Bank area atleast during peak hours’ 

Citing the reasons of rise in population and public inconvenience caused due to lack of city buses entering the city, citizens of Mangalore have demanded the deputy commissioner to modify the District Magistrate’s (DM) Notification of 1992 that restricts the entry of buses to State Bank of India terminus.

Speaking at the Regional Transport Authority meeting at the deputy commissioner’s office on Thursday, Nagarika Hitharakshana Vedike President Hanumanth Kamath said that Mangalore city has witnessed a sea change in last 22 years.

“The DM notification was issued in 1992 keeping in mind the narrow roads of Mangalore, which could have created traffic congestion if the buses were allowed to State Bank terminus. But, now the roads of Mangalore are widened with two lanes, enabling the free flow of traffic.”

Further, he said that if a bus has the capacity to carry 40 passengers, they are overloaded at peak hours, and carry passengers double the capacity. He questioned why yet another DM Notification was issued in September 2013, tightening the previous notification. “Let the District Magistrate revise and modify the 1992 notification, allowing additional KSRTC or private buses to enter State Bank area atleast during peak hours,” he urged.

Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim replied that he would look into the suggestion. ZP Member Mamatha Gatty demanded to give permit to ply service bus to Ira from Kottara, as the village lacks bus on the route, causing problem to a large number of school children who ply on the said route. The DC said allowing additional buses to ply on Mangalore-Thokkot route will cause traffic blockade in Ullal bridge.

Destination board

Activist Hasanabba demanded the district administration to direct the bus owners and KSRTC authorities to display the destination board on one side of the bus. “Destination boards that are now placed in the front or back side of the buses are not visible for people who wait for buses in bus stops during peak hours,” he said.  

Ashok Bhat from Kodikal, requested the District Magistrate to build a bus shelter at Kottara Chowki, as the junction lacks a bus shelter despite it being a busy junction.

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