Mangalore: Honking Menace: Now Report Erring Buses to Police Instantly
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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (NM)
Mangalore, Jul 20: Following complaints over noisy bus horns in the city, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has decided to display telephone numbers of the city traffic police station on the buses, in order to enable the public inform the police immediately.
This was decided after a combined discussion with transport authorities and various representatives at the RTO on Friday July 20. By this move, the RTO will look after to larger public participation to tackle the menace.
It may be recalled that on July 1, Daijiworld had carried a special report on the noise pollution and the nuisance created by indiscriminate honking by vehicles, especially buses that fit pressure horns. Following the report, police commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh directed the RTO officials to check such vehicles and take action against them.
In addition, discussions on computerized method for issuing tickets, fixed rate of rickshaw fares even in rural areas, improper bus stands, and allocation of seats for senior citizens, disabled, and for women were also part of the debate.
"Though there are fixed rickshaw fares in the city, in rural areas the rickshaw drivers demand fares according to their whims and fancies," alleged Bala Subhramanya, a resident of Ujire.
Mohammed Nasir alleged that the buses plying from BC Road and Mudipu have a system wherein commuters are asked to get down from the bus and catch another one. He said that this method creates problems for senior citizens, women, and children. Replying to the query, RTO Mallikarjuna assured of taking measures to solve the problem.
Jayaram Shet of city transport owners’ association, Raja Varma of Canara bus owners’ association, Addor Nagarika Samithi members, and other representatives were present at the meet.