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Mangalore: Complaints against buses dominate RTO Adalat


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (DV)

Mangalore, May 29: "Though the RTO is aware that contract carriage buses are violating the rules by entering State Bank area, the RTO has not taken any action against this. Contract carriage buses are not allowed to pick passengers as they wish. These buses are not following rules. They move at a snail’s pace which creates traffic snarls. Moreover, the RTO is not issuing permits to KSRTC buses in the city limits, though there are proposals," said Hanumanth Kamath, president, Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti.

He was complaining about the traffic inconvenience caused by contract carriages during the 'Adalat' held at RTO office on Wednesday May 28.

Raghunath, deputy commissioner for transport, chaired the Adalat.

Responding to complaints, Afzal Ahmed Khan, regional transport officer (RTO), said, "A total of 275 cases were filed for violation of law and five permits were cancelled. We have also written about this to the STI.”

Activist Hasanabba Ammembala said, "Private buses in the city have two doors. Hence, emergency exit doors are not necessary. School children might misuse this emergency door and cause accidents.”

In response, Raghunath, deputy commissioner for transport, said that the decision on emergency exit doors was taken after thorough discussions backed by scientific data.

Nagesh Shetty, putting forth his demand said, "The bus pass for physically challenged commuters should be given for 12 months. The seats reserved for the differently-abled in private buses should compulsorily be given to such people. Issued passes should be applicable throughout the state.”

Yashwanth Shetty said, "There is connectivity problem for commuters from Sultan Battery and Bolar. Private buses should also ply via Panambur beach." Answering this, RTO said, "Permits for four buses have been issued. There is problem with regard to bus timings and it will be cleared soon."

Sudhamani complained, "Young people stand on the footboard and this makes it difficult for women to board the bus. The private bus conductors should wear badges and unnecessary use of horns in private buses should be stopped.”

Various complaints echoed in the Adalat like the need for private bus conductors to vacate the reserved seats for senior citizens and the problem of unauthorized auto rickshaws plying in the city.

On this occasion, members of the D K Bus Association, and auto rickshaw drivers were present.

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Udupi/India

    Thu, May 29 2014

    Traffic system in Karnataka in general and more specific in undivided Dakshina Kannada district is in total mess.No rules,no laws.Bus owners are the kings.They are the one who frames rules and law for RTO.However Good gesture by the concerned authorities/department to convene a traffic adalat but is of waste.Rules implemented by Bus owners is the final and RTO has to oblige and acknowledge it,if they want to survive.They don't have any say against that.If they object it,the Mahaprasadham,what they are getting from bus owners will be stopped immediately.Behaviour of drivers/conductors especially city bus drivers/conductors is really heart breaking and very painful,which is all the cost of aged people,handicapped,women,pregnant women,senior citizens,school going children.No mercy.no sympathy,no courtesy,no manners.Horrible attitude,approach,inhumane character due to their lack of education.How these people are being employed God only knows.Baring few all the drivers/conductors sailing in the same boat.Rash and negligence,rough driving.

    Best solution is to give permission to KSRTC to ply and take all the private buses under government jurisdiction to introduce local trains like in most of the developed cities.Get up RTO please and do some humane job by rectifying the traffic system and make the bus journey more safe and comfortable.Now journey by bus is like a nightmare and have to life at risk.Driving is so scary,risky while traveling,one has to hold his breath chanting Ram Naam Jap until he/she disembark at designated destination.No value for the human being.Such is the condition of the bus/journey/traffic in the city.Keep it mind city is growing at rapid speed but traffic system remains the same as that of our ancestral period.God please save us.Educate the drivers and conductors and organize a workshop for them and teach them how to behave with their commuters.commuters are their asset not liability.Mind it

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  • Zandy, Mangalore

    Thu, May 29 2014

    Hey John, what's with this obsession of yours about pushing force? Can you explain in detail?

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  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Thu, May 29 2014

    Dear Zandy,it is a simple idea of dividing the weight on wheels into two unequal parts. The smaller part is to regulate and control. The major part is merely to carry the dead weight (of commuters and goods) in imbalanced scale or seesaw mode, defaulting to maximum height to face any ups (upward slopes) as downs only. Therefore, the vehicle is always considered as moving downwards only.
    The option is instead of starting a vehicle from a standstill position till the destination, to have the load on wheels on a one sided pushing mode.
    You might have got bored or angered by continuous comment about this issue. But the fact is by considering the problems on surface transport sector we need to have rapid change, especially to save fuel, eliminate pollutions and reduce costs.
    This idea is also rectify a silly error which was committed during the introduction of vehicle engine. Instead of replacing the bull with the vehicle engine, they have kept both bull and cart on wheels and pulling on with the force of expensive fuel.
    If we use the concept of pull, get pushed and move, instead of carry and move we can save a huge volume of fuel, eliminate pollutions and reduce costs.

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  • Zandy, Mangalore

    Fri, May 30 2014

    I have no idea what you are talking about man.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Thu, May 29 2014

    Local bus cartel is so strong with money and muscle power that they don't care for the RTO rules.
    They know that they can purchase any RTOs because they are corrupt.
    They stop at the road junction to take passengers, they make parallel parking so their competitor bus will not overtake in the bargain the whole traffic in the NH gets blocked. They over speed, they honk in no horn zone, they deploy goondas to arm twist the protesting passengers. The common people feel that there is no RTO control over them.
    Bring a big change in the RTO and see the difference.
    Jai Hind!

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  • DONY LOBO, MILAGRES, MANGALORE, QATAR

    Thu, May 29 2014

    All city buses of Chennai used to have speed control devices. Fixing Tamper-proof devices should be made compulsory for all the buses and heavy vehicles inside Mangalore city.

    Hope Joe Gonsalves with his close friendship with all top police authorities can take up this matter immediately....and the people will be ever grateful to him for all the lives that may be saved with the same

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  • jr,

    Thu, May 29 2014

    PLEASE PAY A VISIT TO BYKAMPADY IN MORNING/EVENING HOURS AND SEE HOW BUSES STOP ON HIGHWAY WAITING FOR PASSENGERS FOR A LONG TIME IN SPITE OF BRIDGE AHEAD.
    WE DOUBT RTO IS FUNCTIONING ON ROAD OR IN BAR/PUB.
    HOPE AT LEAST NOW ONWARDS RTO VISITS IN CIVIL DRESS THEREBY PUNISH THE RULE BREAKERS COVERING THE DISTRICT IN TOTAL.

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  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Thu, May 29 2014

    Multiplying tiny vehicles on roads are real problem, which create traffic jams, accidents, pollutions and add costs.
    The increasing transport demand due to rapidly growing volume of commuters and goods need adequate and safe transport facilities.
    If we use the burden (of commuters and goods) on wheels as a pushing force instead of carrying and moving we have a revolutionary change in the surface transport sector with a world of difference.
    Slow and steady styled evolution of automobile is the root cause of our major problems.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, May 29 2014

    Buses all over Mangalore are a menace to people. Between Buses and Rickshaws one is never sure whether he/she will return home safe. Regarding picking passengers at random anywhere and everywhere I dare say that this is the rule of the day.

    Unless the traffic police strictly enforce rules, lives of innocent people will continue to be at risk. A couple of years ago The Commissioner of Police acceded to my request and traffic Police officers along with me made inspections and did a study of the difficult areas. As I understand a report was submitted to the department but I am not aware of the outcome.

    Under the present prevailing traffic problems it is expedient that a serious study is made of the situations and corrective action taken expeditiously. There are civilians like me willing to expend their time to study and present their views to resolve the situations.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Thu, May 29 2014

    I didn't see many points which are really everyday problems. as some one highlighted, over speeding and competition these private busses are in to. They drive like hell while competing with each other, scolding others as if road is their ancestors. there should be a clear stoppage for these. Also the horn they put. I am not sure why we need to raise these concerns to RTO when they themselves see these issues every day and every spot in mangalore. Especially I see in Surathkal when they come to bus stand ( towards Krishnapura ), they see the previous bus standing there and start horning, until other bus leaves the stand. It's their internal problem who comes at what time. why the public be punished with such bad horns. But unfortunately everybody keep silent thinking what can I do...

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Thu, May 29 2014

    please control the speed of buses and the noise they create with their harsh horns.most buses drive as if they are competing in a race.

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