Hubli, November 28: Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain said that good connectivity was one of the prerequisites for ensuring economic growth.
He was inaugurating the 11th Foundation Day celebrations of the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) here on Tuesday.
Jain said the country’s economic growth rate had been increasing steadily. However, if benefits of growth were to reach all regions of the country it was essential that there was good connectivity. In fact, in many areas economic growth was largely dependent on good connectivity, he said.
Jain said it was essential that semi-governmental institutions such as the NWKRTC mobilise resources of their own to tread the path of success. And for that to happen, employees and officials should work together. Only coordination and team spirit would help in improving important services such as public transport, Jain said.
On the occasion, Jain along with other dignitaries presented silver medals to NWKRTC drivers for accident-free driving for five years. A total of 54 drivers were selected for the award for the year 2003.
Presenting a report on the NWKRTC, General Manager (Technical) H Baburao said that the corporation had succeeded in bringing down losses and was hopeful of gaining profit during 2008-09.
The corporation had plans to develop bus-stands at Belgaum, Haveri, and Dharwad and city bus terminals at Hubli and Dharwad at a total cost of Rs 16.6 crore.
Theatre artiste Govind Mannur said that in spite of several constraints, employees of the NWKRTC were able to deliver better services to people, which was laudable.
State unit vice-president of All-India Trade Union Congress M D Doddagoudra underscored the need for making efforts to get additional assistance from the Government for improving the NWKRTC.
Presiding over the function, Managing Director of the NWKRTC A N Patil said that steps were being taken to improve financial position of the corporation, and asked employees to join hands with the corporation in this regard.
Chief Labour and Welfare Officer S K Halli welcomed the gathering. Compensation cheques for Rs 2 lakh were given away to family members of NWKRTC employees who died during service, on the occasion.