Mangaluru: Veteran Private Bus Drivers felicitated in a rare programme in city

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Mangaluru, 16 Nov 2020: The acknowledging the services of honest bus drivers by felicitating them will motivate the upcoming young drivers, said St Aloysius College principal Fr Praveen Martis.


Fr Martis was speaking after inaugurating the distribution of honorary badges to veteran top drivers of private buses, sensitization of road accidents and Covid-19 that was organized in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Dakshina Kannada district unit, St Aloysius College, DK Bus Owners Association and Canara Bus Owners Association at St Aloysius College auditorium, here on Sunday November 15.


He also said, ‘The private bus drivers work efficiently in spite of many pressures. Their dedication indeed brought name to bus owners,’ said Fr Martis. He hoped they would continue their good work.



Mangaluru city traffic ACP M. A. Nataraj said, ‘It’s customary to honor achievers in all spheres. Meanwhile, it’s for the first time that the private bus drivers were honored and it’s a great honor that there are a few veterans who have record of accident-free driving,’ he said.


‘The pot-holed roads and traffic mistakes leads too many accidents. Nearly 1.50 lac people die every year in our country, while 100 people died and more than 1,000 people injured in road mishaps in Mangaluru itself. The victims’ families face the unbearable loss of their kith and kin. At this backdrop, Supreme Court issued guidelines to police forces to reduce the cases of traffic accidents that compelled the senior police officials to visit the accident spot, direct traffic diversion and advice road repairs to civic body. The city police commissioner visited the accident spot on Mangaluru – Thiruvanantapuram NH at Tokkottu where a newly-wedded couple died on the spot in October 2020, said Nataraj.


In his presidential address, IRCS DK district unit chairman Dr Shantaram Shetty said that the city bus drivers work under pressure to maintain time schedule. There are many distinguished drivers but a few of them are honored to inspire others. He also assured to donate blood and medical assistance whenever the drivers are involved in traffic mishap.


Canara Bus Owners Association president K Rajavarma Balllal said that the senior RTO from Vishakapattanam, AP studied the private bus services operating in DK and Udupi districts that are the most efficient in the country. He urged RTO to curb two-wheeler licenses because many youth are ill-trained and cause road accidents.


DK district bus owners Association president Dilraj Alva welcomed the gathering and delivered preliminary address. The journalist Vijay Kotian Padu read the distinguished bus drivers. IRCS publicity and PR committee chairman B Ravindra Shetty compered the programme. The honorary secretary S. A. Prabhakar Sharma proposed vote of thanks. 



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