Dist admin mulls over integrated transportation hub

Dist admin mulls over integrated transportation hub

Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil is felicitated by the members of DK Working Journalists’ Association during a programme at Mangaluru Press Club in Mangaluru on Wednesday.

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil said the district administration was considering a proposal on integrated transportation hub and two satellite bus stands in Mangaluru.

He was speaking during the meet the press, organised by Dakshina Kannada Working Journalists’ Association at Mangaluru Press Club here, on Wednesday.

“We are exploring the
possibility of setting up an integrated transportation hub in Padil and developing satellite bus shelters in Kuloor and Pumpwell. The satellite bus stands will be a reality in the future,” Deputy Commissioner said.

He said the terrain of the land identified for the private bus shelter near Mahaveer (Pumpwell) Circle was not feasible for developing it under PPP (public private partnership) mode under Smart City Mission.

“We are consulting experts on the integrated transportation hub and two satellite bus stands,” he said.

Following public criticism against the bus shelters constructed under Smart City Mission, the Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has decided to conduct an open design competition.

Citizens and the committee members had objected to the existing design as they were not user friendly during the monsoon.

“I had instructed the
contractor to retain the design of the shelters already completed and change the design of the those being planned,” Senthil said.

The first three best designs will win cash prizes of Rs 10,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively. The shelters should be designed keeping in mind the weather condition of the city.  As many as 46 bus shelters will be built under the Smart City Mission and four bus stands have been completed.

The fabrications of 13 bus shelters are ready as per the old design, Senthil added.

The bus shelters that are built under Smart City Mission will have a bus bay.

Senthil, responding to a query on Clock Tower being developed under Smart City Mission, said the clock tower would not pose any hurdle.

“We are planning to add digital components to the Clock Tower including providing public information on a few issues,” he said.

The district administration will come out with an integrated transport app to provide an interface for the public to air their grievances, feedback and suggestions on improving transport system in Dakshina Kannada.

The public can also rate the buses. This in turn will help the RTO to initiate action against wrongdoers, Deputy Commissioner added.