NWURTC to be Operational in a Few Days
In order to bring in more efficiency in urban transportation, the state government has bifurcated North-West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) into two entities, the other being the North West Urban Road Transport Corporation (NWURTC).
The new subsidiary is likely to be operational within a few days. After launching the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor project between Hubli and Dharwad, this is the second effort by the government to improve urban transport in the region, especially in the twin cities.
A dedicated operational agency and a large fleet in its possession will bring noticeable changes in mass transport system in the region.
According to NWKRTC managing director Umesh Kusugal, the NWURTC would primarily operate buses and implement projects extended under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM). “Registration for the new corporation has been done recently and it will get functional after getting resources from the government,” Kusugal told Express.
Under the JnNURM, the NWKRTC is expected to get 280 buses, of which 70 are for Hubli, 30 for Dharwad and 50 for Belgaum and other cities. The BRTS corridor project will also get 130 premium standard buses and Belgaum will get an advanced bus depot.
Though NWURTC is a subsidiary of the NWKRTC, it will have its own governing board and a separate administrative body. The government will extend capital investment to make it operational and make appointments to the board. Recruitment to the administrative posts will be held after all decks are cleared.
Kusgual said a meeting with Union Urban Development Ministry was scheduled on February 20, in which issues related to capital investment, appointments and recruitment would be finalised. “More assistance under the JnNURM is expected in phases to create transport infrastructure and purchase more rolling stocks,” he added.
Recently, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy hinted at extending city bus services in the district headquarters and smaller towns, apart from improving services in municipal corporation areas.