KSRTC plans world class training institute at Hassan

Facility will be the first of its kind in the State

Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has finalised a plan to set up a training institute of international standards on the outskirts of Hassan city. Of the Rs. 9 crores earmarked for the purpose, the corporation has released Rs. 2 crores.

The institute, which is coming up in Sathyamangala area, will have all facilities to train KSRTC personnel, the Divisional Controller, KSRTC, Hassan Division, Ganganna Gowda, has said.

Participating in a meet-the-press programme organised by the district unit of Karnataka Union of Working Journalists' here on Friday, Mr. Gowda said the institute, which is coming up in an area of 90 acres, is first of its kind in the state and will have facilities including, administrative blocks, library, swimming pool, stadium and tracks of every kind to train the drivers.

The institute will help in training all the 70,000 personnel of the corporation.

It has also been planned to construct staff quarters and administrative blocks for the employees in rest of the 30 acres in Satyamangala. The institute will train drivers on reducing accident rate and optimum utilisation of fuel.

The work on developing the institute will start soon and will be completed by the end of 2006, Mr. Gowda said. It has been proposed to establish a bus depot in Hassan, in addition to the existing one at a cost of Rs. 1 crore, and a proposal in this regard has been sent to the corporate office.

Mr. Gowda said the corporation has taken up a survey to provide bus facility to tourist destinations in the district. Destinations with tourism potential, including Shettihalli, Belur, Halebeed, Gorur Reservoir and Bisle forest will get the facility in the first phase.

Operating buses to these places will also help pilgrims and tourists who will be visiting the district during the Mahamasthakabhisheka, which will be held in Shravanabelagola in February 2006.

In view of complaints on lack of quality food in the restaurants fixed by the corporations on National Highway-48, it has been decided to open "midway restaurants," he said.

He said Rs. 60 lakhs has been earmarked for constructing a shelter in the rural section of Hassan city bus-stand and work on concreting the parking area in bus-stands in Channarayapatna, Holenarsipur will be taken up soon.

Of the 2,369 villages in the district, about 2,100 villages have been connected by bus service and efforts are on to extend the service to the rest of the villages.

Mr. Gowda said 408 buses are plying in 386 schedules and covering 1.23 lakh km. The division has posted a profit of Rs. 1.13 crore in the last four months. While the total turnover in the division is around Rs. 26.69 crores, the expenditure is to the tune of Rs. 25.55 crores. The division has posted profit of Rs. 7 lakhs during the corresponding period last year. The increase in profit is due to change in fare structure and increase in the area of operation. The corporation has fixed the target for profit at Rs. 2.84 crores during the year and decided add 59 schedules, he said.

He said more than 30 officials have been deployed to conduct surprise checks. The introduction of electronic ticketing system has helped in containing pilferage in revenue.

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