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Vendors gift bus stand to MLA on birthday!

BENGALURU

An association of vendors has built a modern, high-tech bus stand as part of a concerted effort to save a traditional santhe (shandy) space.

The Akhila Karnataka Farmers and Vendors Association, which has built the stand near the KR Puram hanging bridge, says it is India’s first CCTV-connected bus stand with women’s safety as its priority, reports The New Indian Express.

Ele Srinivas, president of the association, said the BBMP had estimated the cost of such a structure at `60 lakh, but the vendors had completed it, in addition to a toilet, police chowki, canteen and 14 shops, in just `34 lakh. It is usually BBMP’s job to build bus stands.

The new structure is named after the late Indian president Abdul Kalam. “This is a gift to our MLA Byrati Basavaraj on his birthday. It falls on Feburary 4, but we are gifting it in advance on Wednesday,” he said.

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