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The Puttur bus stop will be named for Koti Chennaya

In March, it is likely that the KSRTC bus terminal at Puttur will be named after Koti Chennaya, the legendary Tuluva heroes who are revered in the region. In March of 2016, the KSRTC decided to honour Koti Chennaya by naming the bus terminal, which was constructed on nearly 3.5 acres at a cost of Rs 33 crore, after him. Since significant shrines and historic monuments of Koti and Chennaya are located in Padumale and Gejjegiri villages in Puttur, Puttur MLA Sanjeeva Matandoor proposed naming the bus stop after the twin heroes. In 2020, the council of the Puttur City Municipality proposed renaming the bus terminal Koti-Chennaya. The state was sent the resolution for consideration.

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In the meantime, the MLA held multiple rounds of discussions with Bengaluru officials to obtain approval for the naming of the bus terminal. In 2016, the then-transport minister Ramalinga Reddy inaugurated this. MLA Sanjeeva Matandoor convened a planning meeting on Monday and announced that a naming ceremony for the bus stand will be held in March, prior to the assembly election. Matandoor stated that shortly after the Assembly session, a meeting of officials and various Billava organisations will be held. The MLA stated that a committee will be formed to organise an event as part of the official naming ceremony, which will begin with a colourful procession.

Despite the presence of more than 250 Garadis (shrines) for Koti Chennaya in the coastal region, Puttur is home to the most notable historical structures associated with these twin heroes. Consequently, it was decided to name the Puttur bus station after Koti Chennaya, he continued. Jaykar Shetty, divisional controller for KSRTC Puttur, stated, “The proposal to name the bus station after Koti-Chennaya has been approved by the government. The Puttur MLA intends to host a programme in which guests will be invited to name the bus stop after the legendary Tuluva twin heroes. The event will likely take place around the first or second week of March.”

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