Tuesday, August 31, 2010

45 high-end bus stands for Bangalore

45 high-end bus stands for Bangalore


Express News Service First Published : 30 Aug 2010 03:34:46 AM ISTLast Updated : 30 Aug 2010 10:23:48 AM IST
BANGALORE: Transport Minister R Ashok on Sunday said Bangalore would get 45 high-end bus stands, to be built on the lines of Traffic and Transit Management Centres (TTMCs).
He was speaking after inaugurating the TTMC at Bannerghatta Road.
He said the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) had already prepared a project for a highend bus stand at Hebbal.
He said that tenders for the project were ready and that Indiranagar too would get one such bus stand.
"Bangalore is an ITBT city and its residents in every nook and corner should have easy access to public transport," Ashok said.
The TTMC at Bannerghatta has been built at a cost of `5.5 crore.
It has been built under the Centre's JNNURM. Centre has paid for 35 per cent of the project cost. Karnataka government has paid 15 per cent and the BMTC has paid the remaining 50 per cent cost.
At the inaugural function, the transport minister gave free bus passes to the families of martyred soldiers. Ashok, who also holds the portfolio of food and civil supplies, inaugurated the rice mela at the TTMC.
Rice will be sold at `13 a kg here and wheat will cost `9 a kg. People can buy the grocery by producing any identity card such as BPL card, voterid card or ration card.
Altogether, Bangalore will have 10 TTMCs.
Three of them - at Jayanagar, Kengeri and Bannerghatta - have already became functional.
The TTMCs will have space for people to park their vehicles, food courts, ATMs, bus terminals and bus maintenance depots.

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