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.