HUBBALLI: The NWKRTC has waived the rent for business stalls and advertisement hoardings at its bus stands for 13 days.
Following the spread of Covid-19 and the declaration of lockdown in the state from March 22 to May 18, the public transport system had been halted. During the period, shopkeepers at the bus stands had no income.
NWKRTC Divisional Controller H Ramanagoudar said that considering the problems that people with licence for stalls and those who have put up advertisement hoardings at the bus stands face to pay the monthly dues, the rent has been waived for 13 days till May 31.
He said that there are 82 business stalls in all the bus stands in the Hubballi division – including Hubballi old bus stand, new bus stand, Kundgol, Saunshi, Tadas, Kalghatagi, Hebasur, Navalgund and Annigeri bus stands.
The amounts waived for licence holders for stalls and advertisement hoardings between March 22 and May 31 are as follows:
March: Rs 12.04 lakh
April: Rs 35.83 lakh
May: Rs 35.83 lakh
Total: Rs 83.70 lakh
The lockdown has been continued as instructed by the government. The public bus transport system has been reopened with precautionary measures following guidelines in all places except containment zones. Tickets are being issued for only 50% of the seats. Also, only 30 passengers may be taken in Vegadoota buses, and 20 each in Rajahamsa and sleeper buses. Since many passengers are avoiding travel for fear of the infection, the number of buses provided has been reduced in proportion to the number of passengers.
Ramanagoudar said that it had been decided to demand monthly rent in proportion to the buses used in every bus stand in the months of June and July.