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Making way: Tenants of stalls vacating the premises of the mofussil bus-stand in Mysore on Sunday.
Making way: Tenants of stalls vacating the premises of the mofussil bus-stand in Mysore on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

Tenants of stalls at the mofussil and city bus-stands vacate the premises

While the modernisation of MBS will cost

Rs. 18 crore, Rs. 12 crore will be spent on CBS

Buses on some of the routes may be run from alternative places in view of the works

MYSORE: The work on the modernisation of the mofussil bus-stand (MBS) and the city bus-stand (CBS) is set to commence here as the tenants of the stalls vacated the premises on Sunday.

While the modernisation of MBS will cost Rs. 18 crore, Rs. 12 crore will be spent on CBS. The works are being taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

“Of the 22 stalls at MBS, tenants of 11 stalls had vacated the premises following a notice from the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in September.

The remaining tenants who had moved the court challenging our notice to vacate the premises within a month, finally vacated the premises on Sunday morning,” said Divisional Controller M.N. Srinivas.

He told The Hindu the remaining tenants at CBS also vacated the premises on Sunday.

On the tenants’ argument that they had been vacated even though their lease had not expired, Mr. Srinivas said, “There was a provision in the agreement the KSRTC had with the tenants to evict them under special circumstances by issuing one month’s notice. Accordingly, the KSRTC issued notices, asking them to vacate the premises.”

The KSRTC authorities sealed the premises after the tenants vacated it and the parking lots had also been removed.

The KSRTC has decided to operate bus services on a majority of routes from the mofussil bus-stand (MBS) However, it has proposed to run bus services for some of the routes from alternative places in view of the works.

Services between Mysore and Bangalore will continue from the same platforms.

Mr. Srinivas said the Deputy Commissioner had been requested to give permission to run buses on some routes from the vacant land near the Government Guest House or the open space near the People’s Park until the construction work was completed.

“Of 11 platforms at MBS, nine will be operated as usual since the works will not affect them. We have plans to shift only two platforms and for this we are looking for alternative sites,” Mr. Srinivas said.

The city buses may be operated from either the Football Grounds near Doddakere Maidan or the J.K. Grounds opposite the Mysore Medical College and Research Centre. The KSRTC authorities are awaiting clearance.

Mr. Srinivas said the contract for reconstruction of the bus-stands had been given to Nagarjuna Constructions and the works would be completed in 18 months. “The works of CBS may get over much before schedule,” he added.

He said that the KSRTC authorities had come prepared for forcible eviction in case the tenants showed resistance.

At MBS, two floors of 7,795 sq m each will be constructed to provide parking space for 150 cars and 500 two-wheelers, besides setting up amenities such as a food court, cyber café, post office, restrooms, park-and-ride facility and 15 new bus bays on the ground floor.

The city bus bays and shelters will be remodelled; seven more platforms will be added to the bus stand; digital display and signboards indicating the frequency of services and departure time with destination will be installed; entry and exit points and park-and-ride facility will be provided at CBS.

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