Administrative set-up and functioning of terminals to be streamlined

D. Devaraj Urs Truck Terminals, a State government-owned company, is planning to develop five new truck terminals in the State and give existing terminals a facelift.

The terminals were conceptualised to discourage trucks from entering cities, to prevent traffic snarls and reduce air pollution. They were meant to offer basic amenities to truck crew.

While the oldest terminal has been functioning at Peenya/Yeshwantpur since 1995, terminals providing basic amenities have come up at Mysore and Dharwad . Another terminal at Dasanapura, near Nelamangala on National Highway 4, is in the final stages of construction. The terminal, coming up on a 13.28-acre plot at a cost of around Rs. 20 crore, is about 800 m away from NH 4.

Managing director of the terminal L. Hemanth Kumar told The Hindu that terminals at Hubli, Hospet, Raichur, Gadag and Hassan are being planned, apart from the expansion of the Mysore terminal. While land for terminals at Hubli and Hospet are available, the company is in the process of obtaining land in other locations, he said.

Systematic development

Mr. Kumar said that the management was planning to upgrade facilities at existing terminals. The plan includes laying concrete in terminal yards, and providing eateries and restrooms. He said that Rs. 2 crore would be spent to lay concrete inside the Peenya terminal, located near CMTI Junction on Outer Ring Road, connecting Magadi Road and Tumkur Road.

New terminals coming up at Hubli and Hospet will be developed as complete “logistic parks” with all necessary facilities. The Hubli terminal will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 89 crore on about 56 acres of land at Anchategeri village, off NH 63.

The Hospet terminal will come up on about 37 acres of land at Amaravathi village, at a cost of Rs. 60 crore. Administrative approval for these terminals is awaited, he said.

Mr. Kumar admitted that there was no planned development of the terminals, and as a result, the terminal at Peenya was almost “controlled by lorry agents”. “The aim now is to streamline the administrative set-up of the company as well as functioning of terminals, bringing relief to truck crew,” he added.

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