In a significant development, a board meeting of the regional transport authority (RTA) held on Sunday decided to direct buses operating in the interstate routes from the city to ply through the Vyttila mobility hub. The transport corporations of the neighboring states that operate from the city would be apprised of the decision shortly.
The authority, which had recently initiated the preliminary discussions in this regard, on the request of mobility hub managing director M Beena, took the decision considering the convenience of interstate passengers. At present, all interstate buses of other states operate from the main depot of KSRTC and not the mobility hub. Sources said that interstate buses were not plying to the hub as no official communication was made to them in this regard.
“If buses operating in the interstate route ply through mobility hub, passengers need not go to the KSRTC depot. It would be very convenient for passengers,” said an official. He added that gradually interstate buses of the neighboring transport corporations would be asked to terminate their services at the KSRTC depot, as part of the plan to reduce traffic congestion in the city. Welcoming the decision, M Beena, said, “It is a significant step. We have already identified space for the crew of the buses of other states. The hub has the capacity to accommodate interstate buses. We can identify booking centres for them on their request.”
She added that it is likely to take a month for the process as they need to get approval from their respective corporations for relocation. At present, 350 KSRTC buses and 450 private buses have been operating from the hub on a daily basis.
It was also decided to convene a meeting of traffic police personnel and KSRTC on July 19 to take a decision on the reshuffling of permits given to corporation as many are not operating despite being given permits.
Source: Times Of India