Kalkaji bus stop turns into auto-tempo stand

In another case of encroachment, a bus stop in Kalkaji-Govindpuri area of south Delhi has been transformed into an auto-tempo stand even as buses continue to fetch passengers hundred metre away, leading to traffic jams on the main Govindpuri road.

The ‘Kalkaji DDA flats bus stop’ is located few metres away from red light near the famous fish market in Govindpuri.

Both the existence of the auto-tempo stand in front of the bus stop and the buses not stopping at the designated place have become a regular feature. Residents in the area say all the buses moving towards Nehru Place stop right after crossing the red light, which in turn has turned the spot into a permanent bus stop.

“As the buses stop next to the red light, it is jammed throughout the day. It’s a mess driving on this lane,” said Ganesh Rawat, a resident of DDA flats.

While the auto and tempo drivers use the space outside the bus stop to get their vehicles repaired, bus drivers continue to flout the norms despite a notice board of the Delhi Transport Corporation which says the bus stop is hundred metres away. A mechanic working with the spare parts of an auto rickshaw justified running his workshop on the spot stating they have never seen a bus halting at the place.

When this scribe asked a driver on the wheel of a DTC bus of route number 429 as to why he does not follow the order displayed on the board, the driver said he hasn’t seen it. When the lapse was brought into the notice of the DTC, its officials said traffic police should make sure that the space in front of the bus stop must not be misused.

“While we would make sure that drivers stop their vehicles at the designated spot, the department will also be take up the matter with the traffic police to remove encroachment in front of the stop,” said A K Goyal, Chief General Manager (Traffic), DTC.

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