At last, buses will ply from here

New:  Outer view of the building. DH photos

The newly-built bus stand which was inaugurated in September last year, would be formally dedicated to the people on Thursday. The bus stand has been built at Channapattanakere area on the outskirts of the city.

Claiming to be first of its kind in the country in terms of facilities, it was not put into use for nearly four months because of technical reasons. Although, some problems are still prevailing, the KSRTC authorities have decided to use the bus stand from Thursday.

The bus stand has been constructed at a cost of ` 34 crore on 18 acres of land. It was opened by Transport Minister R Ashoka and former prime minister and MP, H D Deve Gowda. It is common to see the inauguration of building before completion.

But the bus stand was opened only after completion of all the works (except stalls inside the bus stand). The other works such as the road in front of the bus stand, Railway over Pass and the bus stand road were incomplete.

However, except one work-asphalting of road in front of the bus stand, all other works are still pending. Despite these problems, the bus stand would be made operational from Thursday, said an officer of KSRTC.

No doubt the new bus stand would become operational, the commuters are sure to face problems due to sudden shifting of the bus stand.

No eateries

There are no eateries and other stalls at the new bus stand. Nothing available there except drinking water. To buy anything, the people have to go to city once again.
The seating arrangements in the platforms are not sufficient for the people. Besides, there is parking facility for any vehicles in its vicinity.

The KSRTC authorities have to address those problems immediately.

The road leading to the new bus stand is very narrow and it needs to be widened at the earliest keeping in view increasing traffic.

Although, a foundation stone was laid for the construction of an ROB near the new bus stand the work is yet to begin. The authorities acquired private land and also got removed a place of worship for the road widening.

Despite there is no progress of work in this regard. The work on the repairing the collapsed bridge on the Gorur Road eight months ago, is yet to start. So, all the vehicles are diverted to the road that passes in front of the new bus stand.

The density of traffic inside the city may decline once the buses enter the new bus stand via bypass but the old bus stand may look desolate from Thursday. The traders are worried about their future.

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