Friday, July 17, 2009

This bus terminus is the pits

This bus terminus is the pits

July 17th, 2009
By Our Correspondent

Bengaluru
July 16: It’s been more than four years since the foundation for the bus terminus near Hoskerehalli main junction was laid, but there are no signs of it being completed.
Debris lies on the site causing traffic bottlenecks in the area which is a complete mess as the work has been left incomplete. Located adjacent to the ring road near Girinagar, all that commuters have at the bus stand is a shed, a poor excuse for a terminus that doesn't seem any nearer to being built.
Buses to and from Jayanagar and Majestic halt here, picking up commuters who make a scramble for them amidst the escavated earth lying around.
“It's been four years since the work started but there are no signs of it being completed. The site was dug up by the contractors, but the work came to a halt after they had differences with the BMTC. Now, there is a big pit and debris at the site of where the terminus should have been. Commuters from Girinagar and Banashankari who board buses from here find it a great inconvenience,” says Ramamurthy, a resident of Vidhya Nagar layout.
“The bus stand is used by a large number of people including college students as it is very close to PESIT College on 100 ft Ring Road. We have complained to BMTC several times, but nothing has been done,” says a resident of Girinagar, Rameshwar Nag.
Adding to the problem is the monsoon which has made the muddy bus stand slippery and unsafe for commuters as they rush to board buses to their destinations. People here fear there could be accidents if the mess is not cleared soon.
“Water accumulates in the pit dug for the terminus, when it rains. An uncovered storm water drain here overflows when it rains heavily, the site of the bus stand gets water-logged,” says Uma Shankar of Banshankari III stage.
Efforts to contact BMTC chief civil engineer M. Dileep to get his comments on the problems of the people here, proved futile.

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