‘Commuters can park without paying fee till contractor takes possession'
The basement of the mofussil bus terminal was opened for parking on Thursday, nearly 50 days after the grand reopening of the terminal, which has been modernised at a cost of Rs. 23.53 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
The delay in opening the facility had caused hardship to commuters as there was a lack of adequate parking space in the vicinity of the bus-stand, except near Woodlands Cinema.
Sources in the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) told The Hindu that there was a delay in opening the basement for parking because there was a delay in awarding the contract for its management.
When contacted, KSRTC Divisional Controller (Rural) Prakash said that the central office of the KSRTC in Bangalore had already awarded the contract and the contractor was expected to formally open the basement for parking soon.
However, Mr. Prakash said that the basement had been opened for parking in view of the inconvenience caused to commuters.
He said that commuters could park their vehicles without paying the fee till the contractor officially took possession.
The basement provides parking for 200 cars and 800 two-wheelers.
Mr. Prakash said that he had met Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal regarding the proposal to relocate the prepaid autorickshaw stand that functions in front of the bus terminal.
One of the proposals is to relocate the auto stand to the back of the terminal. However, the shopkeepers there have objected to it.
Sources said that the KSRTC had requested the Police Commissioner to notify space for parking of autorickshaws.