Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fresh impetus for Inter Modal Transit Centre: Minister

Fresh impetus for Inter Modal Transit Centre: Minister

Special Correspondent
Meeting called with bidders to discuss new rates
If bidders fail to agree to new rates, new bids will be invited: Ashok

Land being identified for constructing bus stands in south and north Bangalore

BANGALORE: Transport Minister R. Ashok on Tuesday said that the work on the 40-storeyed Rs. 650-crore Inter Modal Transit Centre (IMTC), with a commercial complex proposed to be built at Subhashnagar here after demolishing the existing KSRTC-BMTC bus station, will get an impetus after the four bidders, including the Larsen & Toubro, clarified their quotations in the tender floated two years ago.

The Minister told presspersons that he had asked the Managing Director of the BMTC to convene a meeting of the four bidders who participated in the bid process two years ago for constructing the IMTC complex.

High rate
The rates were at a peak then and it had now touched a low following the economic slowdown.

Mr. Ashok said that if the bidders failed to agree to new rates, new bids would be invited.

He added that makeshift bus stands are proposed near Balekai Mandi, Mysore Lamps and Shanti Nagar, and the requisite land for this would be identified. Another bus stand would be built at the airport.

The Metro Rail Corporation, he said, will start its work at Subhashnagar for which the BMTC would give 20 acres of land. This work should have started in March this year. The new transit complex will serve passengers arriving by the Metro Rail, at the city railway station and the KSRTC and BMTC.

Bus stands
The Minister also said that the government would build bus stands on a 10-acre plot of NGEF on Old Madras Road and a five-acre plot at Peenya, which had earlier been given to the Metro Rail.

He said that land was being identified for locating bus stands in south and north Bangalore.

A bus stand would be built at Bellur Cross in Nagamangala taluk on land donated by the Adichunchanagiri Math at a cost of Rs. 3 crore. The foundation stone would be laid, shortly, he said.

Truck terminals on the outskirts of the city would be constructed on Bangalore-Hospet road, Bangalore-Madras road and Bangalore-Hosur road, and proposals had been sent to the State Government for its approval. Hospitals, dormitories, vehicle repair facilities and diesel depots would be provided. He said that bus stands would be developed on the outer ring road and necessary funds had been earmarked for them.

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