Mangalore: 36 bus shelters to come up across widened highway
Daijiworld Media Network Ė Mangalore (SP)
Mangalore, Jul 11: Regional transport officer (RTO), Mallikarjun, informed that plans are afoot to build 36 bus shelters across the stretches of the national highways in Dakshina Kannada district that are being widened. These shelters will be built in association with National Highways Authority of India, he explained.
He was speaking after presiding over the Transport Adalat meeting held at the regional transport office here on Wednesday July 10.
He informed that the railway officials have requested for setting up prepaid auto rickshaw counter ten metres away from the railway station at Mangalore Junction (Kankanady) station. He informed that the city corporation would be requested to build concrete bed there for the purpose.
Hasanabba Ammembal drew the attention of the RTO to the fact that out of three buses which have permission to operate between the city and Ammembal, only two are operational now. He urged the RTO to take steps to ensure that the third bus also undertakes trips between these two destinations regularly.
Secretary of Citizens Association, Choodamani, suggested for increasing the number of seats earmarked for women passengers in buses, as the number of ladies using bus services has gone up considerably of late.
Santosh Bajal demanded bus facility to Bajal Kallakatta, while Steven from Veeranagara complained that buses on Bajal route are not running as per schedule. The RTO felt that the problem relating to buses in this sector will not get resolved unless an over bridge is built on this route.
Ashok Bhat wanted the concerned to take steps at the time of road construction itself to see that water does not get stagnated on roads. Hanumanth Kamath, president of Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti, pointed out that at many places where concrete roads have been built by taking over land lying by the side of the road, vehicles get parked on the roads, thus defeating the very purpose of widening these roads.
Democratic Youth Federation of India district president, Muneer Katipalla, said that some city buses cut short their daily operations by not undertaking last trips at night. He also said that in spite of repeated warnings, LPG tankers are not plying with two drivers and a cleaner as per set norms. Gerard Towers, president of Nagarika Hita Vedike, wanted the RTO to take steps to end the menace of shrill horns of buses.
Former deputy mayor of the city, Judith Mascarenhas, former president of Someshwara gram panchayat, Ismail, Ivan Pais, Narayan Bantwal, and Rosy also came up with suggestions at the meeting.