The new KSRTC bus-stand at R.S. Naidu Nagar, city's first World Class Transit Centre, was inaugurated this morning by Transport Minister R. Ashok.

Addressing the gathering, Ashok said that with the installation of Intelligent Transport System funded by the World Bank (a Rs. 21 crore project to install Global Positioning System on all KSRTC buses), Mysore will become numero uno model transport city in the country.

"It is a pride for Mysoreans that maximum number of JNNURM projects have been successfully implemented in the city within the stipulated time-frame," Ashok said.

"The Government transport agencies of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat are studying the KSRTC model to implement the same in their States," Ashok claimed.

Stating that he had urged the Union Transport Minister Jaipal Reddy to upgrade the transport system in the rest of the cities in the State, he said that the Union Minister had agreed to the proposal.

Ashok also announced about setting up a training centre for KSRTC employees in Hassan district.

MLA S.A. Ramdas, speaking as a chief guest, urged the Minister to make Mysore a smoke-free city by making Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) compulsory for KSRTC buses like in Delhi.

Mayor Sandesh Swamy urged the commuters to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in bus stand.

MP H. Viswanath assured that he would pressurise the Centre to grant an additional Rs. 30 crore sought by KSRTC MD Gaurav Gupta for completing the JNNURM works in city.

MLA Tanveer Sait urged to make public transport affordable and comfortable.

KHB Chairman G.T. Devegowda, MLA M. Sathyanarayana, KEA Chairman B.P. Manjunath, Deputy Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, Corporator Farida Begum, MLCs Thontadarya, Chikkamadu and Siddaraju and others were present.

Mysore, July 24 (HN&KMC)- BJP netas from all strata of the district, in their eagerness to get clicked with the Minister and other senior leaders of their party, vied with each other to be photographed by the media, creating a melee at the venue of the inauguration of the newly constructed bus stand at R.S. Naidu Nagar this morning. The leaders, in their eagerness to be alongside the Minister during the inauguration, had left no room for the press photographers. Finally, thanks to a sensible few in the mob, the media cameramen were called in and allowed to take pictures.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore