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It may cut off residential areas from Dairy Circle, which connects them to the city

It will come up on 90 acres at Satyamangala Layout at a cost of Rs. 9 croreIt will have facilities to train KSRTC personnel, including administrative blocks, library, swimming pool, stadium and tracksResidents say it will cause noise pollution and environment pollution

HASSAN: The decision of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to set up a training institute on the outskirts of Hassan city is facing opposition from residents of Udayagiri, Satyamangala, Kuvempu Nagar and Indira Nagar extensions.

They are urging the KSRTC to set up the institute near Sankenahalli, which is away from residential areas, as the construction of a compound wall for the institute will cut off residential extensions from Dairy Circle, which connects them to the city.

Despite opposition from residents when the KSRTC started constructing the compound wall, members of Udayagiri Hitarakshana Samithi lodged their protest by pulling down the wall. Residents of extension areas also protested when the KSRTC planted saplings in the area earmarked for the construction of the institute.

Modern facility

Transport Minister N. Cheluvaraya Swamy, recently disclosed in Hassan that the corporation has finalised the plan to set up a state-of-the-art training institute of international standards in Satyamangala Layout at a cost of Rs. 9 crore. The corporation has already released Rs. 2 crore. The institute, which is coming up on 90 acres is the first of its kind in the State and will have all facilities to train KSRTC personnel, including administrative blocks, library, swimming pool, stadium and tracks to train drivers. The institute will help train all the 70,000 personnel of the corporation, he said.

According to Divisional Controller, KSRTC Hassan division, Ganganna Gowda, it has also been planned to construct staff quarters and administrative blocks for the employees in the remaining 30 acres available with the corporation in Satyamangala extension. Undeterred by the protests by the local people, the authorities are storing construction material on the road connecting Udayagiri and Dairy Circle.

Residents allege that the police, who intervened when they launched an agitation, assured them that the KSRTC will stop the construction. But the authorities failed to keep their promise. The setting up of the institute will cause both noise pollution and environment pollution, they said.

Regarding the apprehension of residents that residential areas will be cut off from Dairy Circle with the setting up of the institute, authorities clarified that the two roads connecting Udayagiri to Dairy Circle will not be closed till an alternative arrangement is made.

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