The foundation stone of the much delayed Belagavi central bus terminus will be laid in two months, assured transport minister R Ramalinga Reddy.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a high-tech bus terminus at Nippani and Chikkodi constructed at the cost of Rs. 5.5 crore and Rs 5.6 crore respectively. They facilities like seating arrangements, canteen facility, women’s restroom, baby care centre, toilets, drinking water through the MLA grants.
Reddy said that the construction of the Rs 30 crore central bus terminus in Belagavi has been delayed due to technical reasons. Although tenders had been called twice, there were no bidders. There were three bidders in the recent tender process, he informed. The construction of new bus stands at Kagawad and Yadwad at Rs 2 core would be realized in the current financial year, while the bus stand at Raibag will completed before the general elections. Reddy, who also flagged off five buses in both the bus stands, said the government is introducing 1,003 new buses across the district, including 107 in Chikkodi division.
MLC Mahantesh Kavatagimath said the toilets constructed were inadequate. MP Prakash Hukkeri said the chief minister should resolve the Mahadayi issue, while MLA Shashikala Jolle demanded improvement of infrastructure in Nippani.
In Chikkodi, Ramalinga Reddy said the government does not differentiate between north and south regions of the state. MLA Ganesh Hukkeri and transport corporation officials were present.
Transport Minister R Ramalinga Reddy on Tuesday greeted the Karnataka on the eve of Dussehra and Vijay Dashami !!!
Dasara elephants being welcomed for Mysore dasara festival at Palace in Mysore on Monday.-KPN
“Dusshera signifies the victory of good over evil. May all the evils in and around you vanish by the virtue of the goodness in and around you. Happy Dussehra!”
Dussehra or Vijay Dashami marks the 10th day of the popular Indian festival celebrated in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu calendar which falls between September and October. Over time, the celebration on the final day of the festivity has become symbolic for the victory of good over evil.
The Transport Separtment has recently launched its redesigned website – www.transport.karnataka.gov.in and e-payment system. The website also has special features for the visually challenged and colour blind people.
Transport minister R Ramalinga Reddy said users can increase or decrease the font size of the content, which is also visible in standard contrast and high contrast which is very helpful to colour blind people.
Visually challenged people can access the website with the help of a screen reader facility, he said. The website also has details of rules related to differently-abled people availing transport department services.
In a major relief for vehicle owners across the state, motorists can now also make online payment of fees and tax for new vehicles, quarterly tax for transport vehicles and driving licence fee on the website. The transport department will also soon launch a facility for online payment of permit fees, tax, fine and other fees on its website.
Reddy said, People can easily make payment of fees and tax in a secured manner round the clock. They can make payment through inter-banking mode from the list of 17 major banks. This will also prevent standing in long queues at RTOs for payment of fees and tax and save time.
We have already implemented the e-payment system in a few RTOs on a pilot basis and collected about Rs. 380 crore in fees and taxes from more than one lakh vehicles. The revenue collected will be sent to the government exchequer on real-time basis, said a senior Transport department official.