The truck terminal at the Belur Industrial Area, near here, is expected to be ready for use by March.
It has been constructed by D. Devaraj Urs Truck Terminal Corporation Ltd. at a cost of Rs. 7.82 crore, and would be the first truck terminal in north Karnataka and the second in the State.
The first one was inaugurated in Mysore recently. The terminal is coming up on eight acres beside the main road of the industrial area.
It is expected to provide a safe and well-equipped parking facility for trucks and other heavy vehicles entering the industrial area.
At present, these vehicles are being parked on the roadside and the drivers lack proper facilities.
Unsystematic parking of vehicles is also creating traffic problems. Govind Tejwadekar, engineer in-charge of the project, said the truck terminal could accommodate 183 vehicles and 40 trailers at a time.
The terminal has a cafeteria, and a dormitory that can accommodate 100 drivers.
“Space has been provided for a petrol station and a police station. Attention has also been given to ensure greenery. As many as 120 shade giving saplings have been planted and a garden is being developed on the terminal's premises,” Mr. Tejwadekar said.
Work on the terminal commenced in September 2010 and was expected to be completed in a year.
Mr. Tejwadekar said that the actual works started only by March last year as the site selected for the project was slushy.
“It took around six months to fill the land. Besides, certain changes in the original plan were made at the last minute. This delayed the completion of the work,” he said.
It has been planned to maintain the terminal by collecting user-fee . Sources said a final decision would be taken upon completion of the work.