Mangaluru: PPP model Pumpwell bus terminal plan fails utterly


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jun 23: The demand of general public for more than a decade, a well-equipped Pumpwell bus terminal under Public-Private Participation (PPP) model, has failed utterly.

The project of building integrated bus terminal and commercial complex was taken up at a cost of Rs 445 crore. The tender for the same was called twice. However, none of the contractors came forward to take up the work. This has proved to be a huge setback. Now the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) is mulling to construct the bus station from its end, using various grants.


Pumpwell bus terminal site (file photo)

Before entering into PPP model, it was decided to take up this work by the government itself. However, none of the contractors showed any interest in that plan also. So it was decided to go for PPP. But that also has failed.

It is learnt that Rs 445 crore is a huge amount and due to coronavirus pandemic contractors are not taking any risk. The yearly interest for Rs 445 crore would be Rs 100 crore. That is why none of the contractors are showing any interest. So the project is limited to only files now.

It was decided decades ago to build a well-equipped bus terminal at Pumpwell in order to reduce the traffic congestion inside the city of Mangaluru. The present bus terminal at State Bank was to be shifted to Pumpwell. 180 bus bays for private and KSRTC buses, shopping mall of 10 lac square feet area and multi-level car parking were included in the project. According to the PPP model those who took the contract would run the facility for 40 years and then hand over the same to MCC.

In connection with the project private land of 7.23 acres area was acquired in 2009. Four years have elapsed since the work of filling mud to this land is undertaken. If the project does not come up in specified time, the land will go back to the original owners. So the MCC has to get this done at the earliest.

Mayor Premanand Shetty says, “None of the contractors have participated in the tender that is called to build a well-equipped bus terminal at Pumpwell. Now the MCC is mulling of constructing the same using grants from various sources.”

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jun 24 2021

    Certainly there are people who dont want the new terminal to come up, because it will kill their business. So the obstacles are probably originating from these people. Just like the Central market.

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  • Joulan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 24 2021

    I live near that area, but I haven't seen that land. where exactly is it located??

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  • Abdul Rahman Kudroli, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 24 2021

    Next will be central market. Copy the same header after 5 years🙄. Big blunder by kamath

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  • Richard Rodrigues, Niddodi

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Why we have to try PPP or other model ? Copy our own State Bank bus stand model. Shift all pipes roof cement benches from State Bank Bus stand to here. The only expenses is to construct toilets. On investment on shopping or parking complex. The cart vendors and mobile vendors will come there. Mobile hotel with sitting benches will also come. The only work is difficult is to name this bus stand. If Infosy, MRPL or other companies give more amount as donation we can consider heir name if they maintain the bus stand clean and beautiful.

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  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Thanks to NALINI KUMAR KATEEL Who is uttara kumara of DK BUDDHIVANTARA JILLE !!!!!!??????? Rubber stamp of BJPeee Karnataka Unit !

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  • rahulraj, kadri

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    First of all, being in Asset management business i can say that 445 crores is quite exaggerated and false amount. That much is not required to build a bus terminus. 150 to 200 crore is maximum enough for indian city standards with good terminals. Last time even for Multilevel car parking at hampankatta MCC had told that it needed about 80 to 100 crore..while in Kerala and Manipal it had been build with less than half of that amount with more space. Corruption at roof top...All i can say is Mangalore is great city, but Mangaloreans dont have much vision about infrastructure development.

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  • Af,,,, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    It is a another pumpwell flyover case,

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Every where eye wash. Those bus operators as well as MCC ,don't wants to shieft. Because I think that there is a havey pressure from all business establishments not to shieft and drag the issue. What I think is because of the central market new building which is going to come up, more pressure started. It is better to declare full Hampankatta area is new smart city bus stand. Shame on all our representatives of our MCC.

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  • Satheesha A S, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Area of 7.3 acres is more than enough for a bus stand. Entry and exit is a problem in the absence of proper approach. Widening Simon Lane may be a practical solution. Hillside can be arrested by building few 10meter wide layered retention walls which can be used for car parking with lift and /or escalators. Some space underneath can be exploited for commercial purpose. Proper planning this can be developed alternatively by developing under pass approach( as in railway under bridge at padil. SPV model with some seed money from government looks feasible. Then, reputed corporate construction company has to be roped in expecting no cuts. Considering the commercial space that can be made available for sale or rent, this whole project looks very much feasible for me.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura / Singapore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    MPs / MLAs are elected based on caste / religion Governments servants are elected based on caste / religion But expectation is very high.... 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    @ Jossey Saldanha, Nallasopara Wed, Jun 23 2021 The name Pumpwell is Jinxed ... There used to be a big well next to the junction and heard my telling water used to be supplied to the cities by water tankers because there was no Municipality water lines connections during the olden times.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    If such is the case then let the size of the new bus stand be reduced to 3 acres and budget to half (of course for those involved there will be reduction in undercuts too). This bus stand should be for use by express and long distance inter district and interstate buses only. Local city and service buses should be permitted to ply as usual towards Hampankatta and State Bank for the convenience of daily commuters. The remaining part of the acquired land may be allotted to private builders.

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    this is an internal issue of BJP because one of ex-MLA of BJP acquired lot commercial land in proximity of this area for commercial gain that is the reason present BJP head will not allow the bus terminal to come up so that ex-mla would not gain any benefit of bus terminal..

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  • Roy, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    @Jeevan ,yes you are absolutely correct,that MLA was in spotlight few years ago😁😁😁

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Pumpwell junction had a land mark 'Kalasha' from historic days of Kudla where it is shifted and what is fate. The over head flyover took one decade, following completion so many accidents and vehicles jumping the bridge and landing down and many people must have perished in the process. The is a well known personality a kingpin ' Sharan' in and around that area. As Cynthia said may be some bad spirit is keeping a watch for non compliance of final rites. Better to consult some Astrologers.

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  • Pinky, Shirva

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Dream for smart city without smart MP's & MLA's.

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Pumpwell fails in every respect. Its really a matter of concern. Why bad luck doesn't leave our pumpwell ...our MLA, mps should find out...

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  • Umesh Rao, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Actually Mr. Satish Jarkiholi ex. Bangalore has to be invited to complete the project. According to sources he well suited for the project.

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Building a bus stop is not BJP'S cup of tea.

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  • Achhu, Mlore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    This plan started when i was in high school and now my first son studying in high school. still reading same news.

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Nothing surprising. In my post few months back I had already mentioned that my grand children will see a bus stop...(hopefully). Other countries are racing with hyperloop and air taxis. We are struggling with bus stand. Vertical Vikas.... Ministers/MLA's jump to take credit and go to even inaugurate ambulances/toilets/water connection/roads etc. Now nobody wants the credit for this failure...

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  • Anil, MP

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    This Pumpwell plan may have failed.... But another Pumpwell have well succeeded using FEAR BUSINESS tactics... The Bajrang Dal convenor Sharan Pumpwell runs a successful company providing security for malls that house these pubs and bars in the city. Even Beef serving Hafta is also served to these idiots.... But still idiots follow him.... saying Hindu religion protector... Chaddis Bhakts... Plz confirm.... beef is Yummy or Mummy...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Give it to aDANI.

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    That is the reason Maravoor airport road bridge given to Kerala contractor! Pumwell kaaladka only to talk only. "The yearly interest for Rs 445 crore would be Rs 100 crore"

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nallasopara

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    The name Pumpwell is Jinxed ...

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  • C D'Souza, Mangalore.

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    This Bus Terminal of Mangalore at Pumpwell is a Rocket Science project. We need engineers from NASA.

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  • Jamal, Jamal/UAE

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Nalin hain to mumkin hain ! See you after 40 years.

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  • Rupesh Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    The interest can not be 100 Crores per year as this falls under infrastructure project. I have the following suggestions. Please set up a special purpose vehicle under Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) to do this project. The acquired land has to be transferred to this SPV. The SPV should take the loans from Banks. The total project cost is Rs. 450 Crore is inclusive of the mall. The repayment of the loan and interest can be from the renting of the mall space and retail facilities within the area. The loan tenure should be at least 20 years and the entire loan and interest can be paid through renting of the commercial space. MCC will own the income generating asset within 20 years instead of 40 years if it is given to private players.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Levelling hills and threatening the natures surroundings. such job would great danger during heavy rains by creating land slides. Operation non successful contractors are there to claim their dues.

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  • BASIL DSOUZA, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Nothing going good with the Name of "PUMPWELL" for BJP government.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Wed, Jun 23 2021

    Pump well becomes Screwell for BJP.

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