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BIG PLANS: Mallikarjun Savakar addressing a press conference in Hubli on Monday after assuming office as the chairman of NWKRTC.
BIG PLANS: Mallikarjun Savakar addressing a press conference in Hubli on Monday after assuming office as the chairman of NWKRTC.

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Mallikarjun Savakar assumes office as chairman

HUBLI: Chairman of North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) Mallikarjun V. Savakar has said that steps will be taken within three months to curb the violation of rules by private bus operators, especially those with contract carriage licence, in the twin cities.

He was speaking to presspersons at the central office of NWKRTC here on Monday after assuming office as the new chairman of NWKRTC.

Although Mr. Savakar’s appointment came in March, he could not assume office because of the model code of conduct being in force then.

Replying to a query, Mr. Savakar said that he would soon take up the issue of violation of rules by private bus operators with the Police Commissioner and the Regional Transport Officer and then take action against the guilty.

Referring to the NWKRTC’s accumulated loss of Rs. 264 crore over six years, he said that steps would be taken to revive the corporation by plugging revenue pilferage and also getting additional funds from the State Government.

He said that the recommendations of the technical committee which conducted an inquiry into “irregularities” in NWKRTC, would be implemented.

Mr. Savakar said that he would urge the Government to exempt the corporation from motor vehicle tax on the lines of the exemption given to NEKRTC. “Such exemption will help NWKRTC save Rs. 50 crore,” he said.

To another query, he clarified that there was no proposal of cancelling rural bus services of the corporation. The corporation would introduce more buses to rural areas, he said. Mr. Savakar said the corporation had plans to purchase 600 new buses during the financial year.

The new buses would be run on 250 new routes, while replacing old vehicles on the remaining 350 routes.

He said that it had been proposed to build new bus terminals at the old bus stand in Hubli and Belgaum under public-private partnership at a cost of Rs. 40 crore each.

Mr. Savakar said a proposal to construct a hi-tech city bus terminal in Hubli at a cost of Rs. 8 crore under build, operate transfer basis had been sent to the Government.

Earlier, Mr Savakar assumed office by signing in the register.

NWKRTC Managing Director A.S. Patil was present.

Later, a function was organised on the central office premises in which several BJP leaders, including MP Pralhad Joshi and Hubli-Dharwad Mayor Viranna Savadi, took part.

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