BENGALURU:Basaveshwara bus station in Peenya could be linked to Peenya Industry Metro station as part of efforts to ensure better patronage for it, Transport Minister H M Revanna said here on Thursday.
The minister was responding to a question during a news conference organised at Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) office. The lack of popularity of the bus depot opened in September 2014 was raised during the briefing.
“KSRTC was unable to shift its operations to Peenya as it would lose out on business from private operators. We must ensure that private buses also shift from the city centre simultaneously,” he said.
Revanna said, “We will try to relocate private and government bus services away from the city’s core areas around Majestic Bus station which is heavily congested.” Referring to the breakdown of buses during the chief minister’s city tour on Wednesday, he said, “Such an incident has never happened earlier. I will hold discussions with officials to understand the reasons.”
BMTC Chairman M Nagaraju said the government is considering inducting 150 electric buses on a lease basis. “Each bus costs over `2 crore and buying them would entail a huge capital expenditure. The government is open to our idea of taking these buses on a lease basis,” he said. The Centre needs to subsidise it for BMTC, he added.
Citizens’ group petitions Centre on Cantt station
A group of citizens submitted a memorandum to Union Minister Ananth Kumar seeking a Metro station in front of Cantonment Railway Station, here on Sunday. Following this, Ananth Kumar arranged for a meeting with Union Minister for Urban Development Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani in New Delhi. City-based activist Sanjeev Dyamannavar represented the citizens’ group. The officials have responded positively to the memorandum and directed the joint secretary to the Urban Development Department to visit Bengaluru, study the situation and submit a report at the earliest, a press release said. Rajkumar Dugar, who has been campaigning for the cause, said, “We are very hopeful of a quick decision on reversing this retrogade move by BMRCL.”