Mysore, Aug. 6 (RK&KMC) – The Transport Adalat of the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Mysore West, held at the RTO office on JLB Road this morning, was a flop show owing to lack of response from public.

Only a few persons attended the Adalat and put forth their grievances, most of which were inconsequential and not related to the Transport Department.

A similar Transport Adalat was held at the RTO East Office yesterday and here too only auto drivers attended. [Turn to Page 13].

Joint Commissioner (Transport) Vijaya Vikram presided over the Adalat. He expressed disappointment that the citizens for whom the Adalat was being held, were showing no interest.

"It is a crucial forum to convey their grievances and an important event for the Department to get feedback from the people," he said and rued that the Adalat, held once in three months, had become a mere formality.

Vijay Vikram felt the need to make the Adalat more people-friendly in the coming days.

At which point, the few people present there suggested that the RTO run advertisements and public announcements giving out information about the Adalat.

Earlier, the Karnataka State Physically Challenged Persons' Forum put forth a list of demands and suggestions.

M. Siddaraju, Convenor of the Forum, urged the RTO officials to direct various departments to provide ramps at their office premises and at other public places. He also suggested that public address system be installed at traffic signals to facilitate the blind and partially blind pedestrians who are not able to identify the signal lights.

The Forum also demanded that the bus routes at KSRTC bus stands be displayed in Braille script and also bus timings be announced over loudspeakers at the bus stands.

Siddaraju further complained about the physically challenged commuters being deprived of the seats reserved for them and requested the RTO to direct the KSRTC bus conductors to assist them in getting the seats.

Deputy Commissioner (Transport) C.P. Narayana Swamy, RTO Siddhappa Kallera and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore