R Gundu Rao

R. Gundu Rao (1936–1993) was Chief Minister of Karnataka state, India from 1980 to 1983.

Rao was born in Kushalnagar, Kodagu and taught at Ammathi High School, Ammathi and Kodagu. He was made MLA of Somwarpet and became the first Brahmin Chief minister of Karnataka. He started his career as bus ticket agent.

He built Majestic bus station in Bangalore which is known today as Kempe Gowda bus station. He built bus stations at a strategic place near Bangalore city railway station where people coming from other places either by bus or train can alight and board city buses to different parts of Bangalore.

The city bus station is built in a semicircular fashion, so that non-natives can easily find bus routes and stops just by walking on the foot bridge provided at the diameter of semicircle. This bus station is said to be unique in whole of Asia. He was first to plan for ring road for Bangalore. It was during his period as Chief Minister, Foundation was laid for development of Information Technology (IT) sector in Karnataka, particularly Bangalore.

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