KARNATAKA

Sullia, Vittla bus-stands to be inaugurated by month-end

Special Correspondent

MANGALORE: Transport Minister R. Ashok is expected to inaugurate the bus-stands at Sullia and Vittla by this month-end.

P.B. Karumbaiah, senior manager of Mangalore division of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, told The Hindu here on Thursday that the bus-stand at Sullia had cost Rs. 73 lakh. The old bus-stand there had been demolished for the purpose. The bus-stand at Vittla had been constructed at a cost of Rs. 33 lakh. Both the bus-stands had been provided with toilets, ticketing area, canteens and space for commercial establishments, he said.

To ensure passenger comfort, the KSRTC had created a modern seating facility for 60 people at Sullia bus-stand and 30 people at Vittla. There was a provision for four shops in Sullia bus-stand and three in Vittla.

The Sullia bus stand, constructed on a 1.39-acre plot, had a waiting hall for women and a rest room for crew members. It would get a cloak-room as well. The Vittla bus-stand had come up on one-acre plot, Mr. Karumbaiah said and added that efforts were on to acquire a 6.44-acre land in Sullia for building a modern depot.

Mr. Karumbaiah said that a multi-crore project had been worked out to give a face-lift to the bus-stand at Puttur under public private partnership.

Lands had been identified for acquisition for constructing bus stands at Subrahmanaya (5 acres), Uppinangady (1.5 acres) and B.C. Road. The Public Works Department would be acquiring these lands, he said.

The passenger traffic to Dhasrmasthala and Subrahmanya had increased enormously owing to the improved condition of the roads and hence KSRTC was operating more buses to these places.

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