Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: It appears that the issue over commissioning of the city bus-stand which is being modernised under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) is snowballing into a controversy with Mayor Purushottam threatening to inaugurate it on September 19 when the Dasara festivities begin.

Though Minister in-charge of Mysore district Shobha Karandlaje and the JnNURM office here had asked the KSRTC to complete the work and keep the bus-stand ready for opening on September 15, Minister for Transport R. Ashoka, who inspected the bus stand recently, said that it could not be opened before September 15 as 40 more days were needed to complete the work.

Even as the Transport Minister’s statement brought relief to the KSRTC authorities, who wanted more time to complete the Rs. 10-crore project, the Mayor’s statement has come as a shock to them. He is learnt to be mobilising support for inaugurating the bus stand on September 15 if it is not commissioned on that day by the authorities concerned.

The Mayor told The Hindu that many commuters met him during his inspection of the bus-stand and expressed their disappointment over the delay in its opening.

“In my view, 90 per cent of the work has been completed and the rest is progressing well. I do not see any reason for the delay in its commissioning when the bus stand is almost ready,” the Mayor said.