Seeks Rs. 20 crore from Government to start 10 such units

You are travelling by a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus in the night. The vehicle stops for dinner en-route near a highway restaurant.

However, looking at its condition, you do not dare get down and instead prefer to blunt your appetite with biscuits.

Such a situation will be a thing of the past if the State Government accepts a KSRTC proposal to build and manage state-of-the-art wayside passenger amenity centres. Besides providing quality refreshment and restrooms, the corporation will also earn revenue through such a plan.

KSRTC Managing Director N. Manjunatha Prasad told The Hindu : “We have proposed 10 wayside passenger amenity centres across State highways on an experimental basis. We have sought Rs. 20 crore from the Government. Depending on the success of the project, it will be replicated elsewhere either on our own or through a public-private partnership basis.”

Mr. Prasad, who recently took over the reins of the corporation, said the idea was conceived by Transport Minister R. Ashok, who is the chairman of KSRTC, after going through the condition of existing facilities and the plight of passengers.

While all major bus-stations run by the corporation as well as sister corporations — North West and North East KRTC — had restaurants, not all the buses entered the stations, he said. Also, heavy crowds in major bus-stations prevent passengers from using the facilities.

Though the exact locations to set up these units are yet to be finalised, prominent corridors where the corporation has considerable presence would be in the list, he said. They include Bangalore-Tirupati, Bangalore-Hyderabad, Bangalore-Chennai, Bangalore-Mangalore, Bangalore-Davangere, Bangalore-Shimoga and Bangalore-Mysore.

In fact, the corporation has the practice of ‘recognising' wayside private restaurants and authorising buses plying on the route to stop at these places.

However, not all passengers are happy about the facilities and services available at these places. The new amenity centres could cater to other travellers too. The corporation is of the opinion that at least 100 such centres are required across the State on important corridors.

  • Depending on the success of the project, it will be replicated elsewhere

  • The idea was put forward by Minister R. Ashok