Transport dept told to prepare traffic plan for Madikeri

Deputy Commissioner Meer Anees Ahmmed said a report on the construction of a private bus stand, submitted by a private institute, has been submitted to the Transport Department for verification and to elicit opinion on the report.


Chairing a meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) here on Wednesday, he said the department has been asked to prepare a comprehensive traffic plan for the city. Action will be taken after obtaining opinion from the department. “It will be impossible to build the private bus stand at RMC Yard on Mysuru Road. The RMC land should be used for the purpose it is meant for,” he remarked.

Raising the issue, Private Bus Owners’ Association President Hosur Ramesh Joyappa said the shifting of the private bus shelter is being discussed from the last several years. It has not seen any progress so far. It will be better to identify land on Mysuru Road for the construction of the bus shelter, he added.

Autorickshaw Drivers’ Association President Medappa said autorickshaws have been permitted to travel 10-km from the district headquarters. However, the residents of remote villages which do not have transport facilities, depend on autorickshaws for transport. Hence, the permission for the travel from headquarters should be  be increased to 20-km, he urged.

Reacting to it, the DC said permission will be granted only after verifying the areas where permission needs to be given and it will be known in the next RTA meeting.

The private bus owners said they are facing a lot of inconvenience due to lack of a bus shelter for private vehicles in Kushalnagar. At least, two private buses should be allowed  to park near the KSRTC Bus Stand. Objecting to it, the KSRTC officials said private buses should not be allowed to be parked within 100-metre radius of the bus stand. The DC said he will inspect the site before taking a decision.

Bus service sought
Vanachalu residents said people, labourers and students are facing difficulty without any proper bus services to the village. A KSRTC bus should be operated on the stretch. The meeting agreed to start a bus service to Vachanalu.

The KSRTC officials said private buses cannot operate on Kushalnagar and Guddehosur State Highway. The private buses can operate via Siddapura and Harangi route, they added.

Privte Bus Owners’ Association Secretary Nanda Poonaccha said the police fail to receive complaints in the police station.

Reacting to it, the DC said that complaints can be filed online or to the SP’s office.

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