City Governance

Odisha’s Largest Bus Stand Languishing in Utter Neglect

Spread over 14 acres of land, the state’s largest bus stand lacks proper boundary wall, drainage facility and basic amenities.

The Temple City has witnessed massive change over the years in almost every sector. From flyovers to free Wi-Fi to a modernized airport to Smart City nomination, the city seems to sported a brand-new look like never before. However, the fate of Baramunda bus stand – the gateway to the capital – has turned from bad to worse.

Spread over 14 acres of land, the state’s largest bus stand lacks proper boundary wall, drainage facility and basic amenities. The bus stand welcomes passengers to the capital city with potholed road, garbage dump and dusty atmosphere. The terminus turns messy during the monsoon with muddied and puddle-filled tracks.

The Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC), which manages the stand, had built urinals by spending around Rs 7 lakh a few months ago, but these are not properly maintained.

“Let alone using the toilets, the stench makes it difficult for passengers to pass by them,” said Panchanan Subudhi, a passenger from Ganjam.

Another passenger, Jugal Kishore Samal, from Bhadrak, said the bus terminal doesn’t have any waiting room for passengers. The authorities are painting a bad picture of the state’s transport system by not maintaining the stand properly,” he added.

The parking lot inside the bus stand adorns a chaotic look. | Pic Courtesy: MyCityLinks

The parking lot inside the bus stand adorns a chaotic look. | Pic Courtesy: MyCityLinks

“I am familiar with this condition for past 20 years. Nothing has been done for the development of the bus stand. No one will believe that it is the biggest bus stand of the state,” said Sanjay Sahu, a bus conductor.

“More than 15,000 people use this bus stand every day, but the government is indifferent to the basic service to the passengers,” rued president, Rajdhani Bus Owners Association, Sk Kamal Uddin.

OSRTC general manager SK Patel said the government had signed a MoUwith a private agency in August 2010 to renovate the bus stand in public-private-partnership mode.

Due to a number of issues, the Orissa High Court had scrapped the proposal in December 2012. Later the government started developing the stand by constructing toilets, providing water facility and night shelter to passengers and renovating the bus terminal, he added.

“I am familiar with this condition for past 20 years. Nothing has been done for the development of the bus stand. No one will believe that it is the biggest bus stand of the state,” said Sanjay Sahu, a bus conductor.

State commerce and transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi said that his government has planned to develop the bus stand with the help of a central agency, Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) adding that they would prepare the detailed project report (DPR) and start its modernization work very soon.

Courtesy: The Times of India

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