Urban transport in State to get facelift


“We are in the process of augmenting and improving the bus-based transport system in Bangalore and Mysore with the help JNNURM funding,” Transport Minister R Ashok said here on Saturday.

“We are also taking up an intelligent transport system in Mysore for providing better facilities to the commuters,” he said while receiving an award on behalf of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC).

The KSRTC has been given the award for excellence in urban transport for improving urban mobility in Karnataka through automated electronic driving test for drivers.

Ashok received the award from Union Minister for Urban Development S Jaipal Reddy at the Second Urban Mobility India Conference here. The awards have been constituted by the Ministry of Urban Development.

Since the Centre unveiled the National Urban Transport Policy in 2006,  Karnataka was the first state to nominate a single department at the state level to deal with urban transport issues, Ashok said.

Besides, the government took steps to set up a unified metropolitan transport authority for Bangalore, he said.

Also, Karnataka has been the first to formulate a comprehensive parking policy and advertisement policy providing revenue for public transport, he added.

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