JnNURM buses to permanently vanish from Udupi roads soon?

Justin D’Silva

Daijiworld media Network - Udupi

Udupi, Dec 2: The much used transport service of Udupi citizens, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) buses, are likely to vanish from Udupi roads soon. As per primary sources, the 30 KSRTC JnNURM buses will be permanently moved from Udupi to Hassan depot.

JnNURM buses were introduced in Udupi in 2016. Even though the private bus lobby did not give a free hand for the introduction of the buses in the district, the then minister Pramod Madhwaraj put all his efforts and introduced as many as 30 JnNURM buses to the district. But as the administration and in-charge ministers changed, major changes are expected soon.

Three buses have already been shifted to Hassan depot. Seven more buses will be moved to Hassan depot soon.

Due to the Covid induced lockdown, all the JnNURM buses were at a standstill for many days. Even though the private operators started their service to the extent of 75%, JnNURM buses did not start their operations. This impacted the occupancy of the buses turning them into a loss making business.

At present, only 2-3 buses are being operated only during the peak hours of the day. The newly built JnNURM bus stand has also been a parking area for other KSRTC buses and a den for the drunkards. It has been poorly maintained and has become another destination for illegal activities to take place. Many mobile phone shops, canteens and hotels were allotted space in the commercial premises which are now facing severe loss due to shortage of bus service.

"We had invested a lot of money expecting a good return from this place. But as the buses have discontinued their services, we are facing severe loss. It has been very difficult for us to sustain. Few of the small vendors have already closed down their shops," said a shop owner at the premises.

Former minister Pramod Madhwaraj requested to continue the service of JnNURM buses in Udupi. In a tweet he said, "With great difficulty I had brought Nurm busses to Udupi dist. I hope better sense will prevail and Nurm bus services are improved further to help students and public.”

All these developments have been positively affecting the private bus operators. They have regained their monopoly on a few routes. The JnNURM buses were very much helpful for the students and senior citizens as they were low-floor buses. This has helped many individuals to travel with ease. The shifting of buses to Hassan depot will have a negative impact on the routes operated by Udupi depot which will now have less number of buses thus providing an opportunity for the private operators to regain monopoly. This has also been suspected as the first step to completely stop the JnNURM bus service in the city.





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  • Rajesh B Shetty, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    I never supported Congress party, but I always admired pramod madhwaraj. He was a leader with a vision, party doesn't matter but if an elected leader is doing anything to help the masses he should be voted, that is my thinking. He had put so much effort to bring these buses , but these private bus lobby glove in hand with some elected leaders have stopped these buses. Money have changed hands. Tragedy of this country.

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  • Richard, India

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    When thieves and rogues take over governance where is the chance of survival for these buses?

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    Instead of closing down these buses could have been operated within the limits of Udupi Taluk.

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  • NM Prabhu, KIREM/Dubai

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    The private bus owners definitely have a role to play in this and no doubt many palms have been greased well !!!KSRTC Bus service at the airport too simply disappeared.. air passengers spend very little on special fares less than Rs 3 K from Blore and Mys and spend Rs 650m to 2500 to travel by taxi from the airport . .... how shameful.....corruption to the core ,,,God save us

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    Now ruling udupi Dist MLA/MP S not even bother about public, they need only position and Money, Use less ministers, Only talking about other party, use less ministers, I never vote these selfish ministers Shame / Use less ministers to Kota Srinivas Poojary and Shobha Karandlaje

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    Even Government cannot afford Diesel ...

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  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    We must not forget that pvt. is not a bad word. It means owned by the “people”(govt of the people, by the people, for the people).//More proof of the economic loss caused by the senseless extended lockdowns.///More proof that any business that the govt. runs, in most cases, runs at a loss because the management has no incentive to work hard and earn profits. They get paid and promoted irrespective of the results.When a govt. run business runs at a loss, it is never closed down, the tax payer is saddled with bearing its losses. When a pvt. business runs at a loss, it is his loss to bear./// If Mr. Politician cares so much he can hand over all his pvt. run businesses to the govt. to run. But he knows what will happen, so he keeps his property safe and plays with the money of the tax payer, acting as if he is Dayavan or Nayakan or Sarkar Raj( even these dons are relatively more ethical). // In this case alone prime property(of the people)was converted into a bus stand, now there are no buses and no bus stand. Who gained from it ? The contractors, the politicians and their family who were appointed to run it and the inept IAS/KAS officers./// The govt. has only 3 functions: policing, judiciary and armed forces ( and provision of common amenities when there may be a conflict of interests if run by a pvt. enterprise).///When Lee Kuan Yew started Singapore Airlines he told them that the govt. is only starting the business but they will have to run it themselves without any monetary help or protection from the govt. SA is one of the best in the world today. We all know what the Indian govt. did to Air India and how the poor man was squeezed to pay for that loss making airline. When the economy was down and the airline staff went on a strike because their salaries were cut, LKY sat with them explained to them and gave them 24 hrs to return to their jobs or he told them he would shut down the airline and re-build another one from scratch. Everybody returned to their jobs.

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  • Rehan sheikh, Brahmaver

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    Palsa bolta hai...... Party fund

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  • Hussein, Moodbidri

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    The days are gone, when government was spending money keeping in mind, creating jobs and convenience for public. Now everything is depend on influence (infuence of money, influence groups, influence of party, influence of sponsors of party fund and many more). Therefore, we have only one option in this case. We must, unitedly, put pressure on our leaders to use their INFLUENCE.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    DK and Udupi are in the firm mutti of private bus owners...be it city service or even buses to long distance....no dum in the govt to tame these people as the transport departments ministers and rTO get hefty hafta...

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  • Roshan, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    in a way its good. KSRTC never employs locals, so no benefit in terms of employment.

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  • JNB, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    this is due to Udupi's present MLA's had inside gloves.

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