MYSORE: Transport Minister R Ashok said that a proposal has been submitted for a Rs 60 crore allocation in the state budget to construct truck terminals in towns across Karnataka.
He said that truck terminals have been constructed in Bangalore, Mysore and one such terminal is likely to be inaugurated in Dharwad next month.
Ashok was speaking after inaugurating the newly constructed truck terminal on Mysore-Nanjangud Road built at a cost of Rs 12.48 crore over 9.5 acres, on Saturday. “There is a need for such terminals in places such as Hospet, Hubli, Hassan, Bijapur, Kolar, Shimoga and Davanagere. The department has prepared the blueprint for new truck terminals that would come up once the government releases the funds,” he added.
The minister said that such terminals will provide resting space for truck drivers and cleaners covering long distances.
With the Union government spending Rs 50,000 crore on development of roads, the transport department has got a much needed boost, he added.
“The government has sanctioned development works and has assured to ply good buses in rural areas.”
He said that projects like intelligence road transport system and a driving track costing Rs 9 crore were on the anvil for Mysore.
Ashok urged truck owners to install speed governors as per the Supreme Court’s directions. “The transport department is educating truck owners on fixing speed governors as they have no option other than to abide by the apex court,” he stated.
Chairman of D Devraj Urs Truck Terminal Ltd Satish Reddy was also present.