Towns with more than 40,000 population to get intra-city bus service

Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Monday said that by March 2015 all cities and towns with a population of 40,000 to 50,000 will be provided intra-city bus services by the government.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Reddy said the government is conducting a survey of the towns and cities which require such a facility.

He said the Centre has also appreciated, time and again, the City bus services provided by the State transport department in North Karnataka cities.

“We intend to expand this reach to all cities with 40,000 to 50,000 population by March next year,” said the minister.

Reddy said that the department will not make dedicated purchases for the purpose of providing intra-City bus services, and that the buses procured under the JnNURM scheme will be utilised.

Bus terminus
The minister said the government has already decided to set up a dedicated bus terminus in each of these cities to provide intra-city bus services. An estimated cost of Rs six crore is being considered for the purpose.

KSRTC patent row
On the KSRTC patent row between Karnataka and Kerala, Reddy said the corporation is ready to face the legal battle which is being threatened by the Kerala government.

“A lot of people were booking on the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, presuming that it was Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. This was creating a lot of confusion and the Corporation was facing losses. To eradicate this confusion, we decided to patent the name, and also dispatched the same to the Kerala government. However, the Kerala government is unhappy with this and is threatening legal action. We are ready to face it,” said Reddy.

No new Volvo buses
Reddy said the department did not intend to purchase anymore Volvo buses for the next two years.

“We have enough and more buses for the next two years. After two years, we will consider the proposal of any new Volvo bus purchases,” said Reddy.

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