Finally KSRTC to ply in Mangalore

18 September 2009

Finally the KSRTC will be able to ply between Mangalore and many other rural and urban areas in the district as well as the jurisdiction of Mangalore City Corporation.
This was revealed by the district inchrage secretary Mr. M.N. Vidyashankar (former Chief Election Officer).

Addressing a press conference Mr. Vidyashankar said He knew the trauma the Mangaloreans were enduring due to the haughty nature of the private run public transport system and they need not endure it forever as the government has decided to give an alternative to the people of Mangalore in the shape of the KSRTC services. The services will be introduced from Jyothi circle in Mangalore initially but later the KSRTC will be able to run from State Bank circle also.

Mr. Vidyashankar said the state government has also decided to introduce the Mangalore one services on the lines of Bangalore One services. There will be initially five Mangalore one centers which will offer not less than 29 services including government and private sector. This will include payment of water, electricity, telephone bills, reservations and many other applications to the various government offices.

He said in Bangalore the service had been very well received and during the last two years the Bangalore One has got 1500 crores logins which was the highest in the entire nation. The Bangalore one was now the best utilised service in the entire nation. In Mangalore the government has seen five sites and has approved it and things are going to roll from November.

Mr. Vidyashankar said these centres will also come up in all the five City Corporation areas in the state including Mangalore, Mysore, Gulburga, Bellary and Davanagere and and Shimoga.

Mr. Vidyashakar said conceding to the long standing demand of the people of Mangalore to introduce KSRTC services between Mangalore-Udupi and various rural and city routes the government has permitted the KSRTC to start operating from Dr. Ambedkar circle (formerly Jyothi circle). He agreed that the discomfort level of the passengers in Mangalore was very high due to increased competition between the private bus operators which was a reason why the government has permitted the KSRTC to run on different routes.

Sooner or later more services even from the State Bank circle in Mangalore will begin he assured.

Dakshina Kannada has the worst stretches of National Highway and according to him a total of 24 kilometers on NH 17, 48 and 13 were bad which will be taken up for repairs as soon as the rains subside. The NH 48 (Mangalore-Bangalore) stretch falling inside Dakshina Kannada district will get a total of Rs. 1400 lakhs for repair followed by the NH 17 at Rs. 585 lakhs and NH 13 Rs. 363 lakhs.



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