Mangaluru: It is usually seen how people who visit a foreign country return home to India and spend time bragging about the beauty of the nation that they toured. They go on to count all that is wrong in India. But, for Niranjan Ajiri, an agriculturist from Naravi in Belthangady, a visit to Germany sparked a thought of doing something worthwhile for his native village. The result is the 'Ramera Guthu' bus stop in Naravi that has been standing tall over one year, speaking volumes about how one man can make a difference.
The high-tech bus stand was inaugurated on January 21, 2018 and is located about 45 kilometres from the famous Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara temple. As a fusion of Indian architecture and European Inspiration, the roof of the bus shelter is in the shape of a banyan tree leaf. It is learnt to be first of its kind bus stop inspired from modern facilities in Germany and other countries in Europe blended with Indian architecture and more importantly built by a common man.
There are comfortable stainless steel seating arrangements for about 30 people, route map, bus time table, notice boards for community information, emergency contact numbers, mobile chargers, interlock flooring, radio, a small garden, solar power system, warm and cold drinking water facility, CCTV camera for surveillance and dustbins. It is in sync with Prime Ministers Swach Bharat Abhiyan - Clean India initiative. The bus stand also has a mirror, clock and runs on solar energy.
Speaking to Newskarnataka Niranjan said, "my younger daughter Prathiksha and her husband Sammedh Jain live in Germany and during my tour there, I was impressed with the facilities there. Once back, I told my engineer we need to build a unique bus stop here. Hence, the unique bus stand came up at the cost of Rs 6 lakh. At least 1500 people benefit from this bus stop every day. Though the bus stand has been handed over to the panchayat, we look after its maintenance and I am really happy to provide 1000 litres of pure drinking water every day", he informed
Besides bringing a sense of responsibility, the bus stop has also inspired children and made them believe that a vision of a common man can bring about a huge societal change. The maker of the bus stand has dedicated this to his parents N. Manjappa Athikari and Mitravathi Amma. The couple was blessed with 10 children who joined hands to build a bus stop in their memory. Manjappa Athikari was a village head and he, along with others was responsible for the electrification of the village in the year 1970.
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