Kallur Megharaj, Managing Trustee of Shantaveri Gopala Gowda Samajawadi Adhyayana Kendra Trust, has expressed displeasure against delay in developing the necessary infrastructure for operating the buses sanctioned for Shimoga and Bhadravathi cities under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) had planned to introduce 65 new buses for Shimoga and 35 buses for Bhadravathi with the JNNURM funds for improving intra-city public transportation services in both these cities.
A sum of Rs. 18.85 crore was sanctioned for Shimoga and Rs. 10.15 crore for Bhadravathi to purchase the buses. In addition to this, a sum of Rs. 4.75 crore was sanctioned to develop infrastructure in Shimoga city including construction of a bus terminal, workshop and restroom for drivers.
“It is mandatory to provide suitable infrastructure for efficient operation of the buses sanctioned under the project. It is unfortunate that, so far the land for the bus terminal has not been identified. The district administration should take suitable action in this regard. The funds sanctioned under JNNURM may go waste due to the delay in developing the infrastructure,” he told presspersons here on Wednesday.
He alleged that the private bus operators were trying to prevent the commencement of the service of buses sanctioned under JNNURM. The elected representatives have also maintained silence over the issue.
The trust will organise protest against the delay in introducing the bus service, he said.
Social activists Manjuladevi, Suvarna Nagaraj, Ashok Yadav, and B. Janameja Rao were present.