Minister in charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas on Wednesday said there is a proposal to restrict movement of private transport such as two-, three- and four-wheelers in the city centre during Dasara festivities and a decision would be taken shortly.
Speaking at a workshop to disseminate information on the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) implemented by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation here, the Minister said: “This will be done on an experimental basis. If it works out well and helps address congestion and pollution, we shall consider having this arrangement daily in key areas during school and office hours.”
He urged Minister for Home and Transport R. Ashok to introduce circuit bus facility during the festivities for the benefit of commuters. “Such a facility will reduce traffic congestion and discourage private transport,” he felt.
Mr. Ramdas said running more buses to tourist spots in and around the city would also go a long way towards addressing traffic congestion and reducing emission levels during the festivities, which draw tourists from far and wide.
Mr. Ashok, who inaugurated the workshop, released the Mysore city bus guide.
The guide, with information on what to see, where to go and how to get there, was launched for the first time here for the benefit of tourists and local commuters. Information on bus routes, bus-stops, tourist spots, roads and the Dasara Raja Marga is available in the guide.
“This (guide) is the first effort in the country to have a large-scale map of any city showing bus routes and bus-stops,” said Gaurav Gupta, Managing Director, KSRTC.
Representatives from the Union Ministry for Urban Development, Global Environment Facility-Sustainable Urban Transport Project (GEF-SUTP) were present. There were presentations on the ITS and SUTP, followed by interaction with the stakeholders.