Panchkula’s bus stand is in the heart of the town in Sector 5 but its condition reveals it is not close to the heart of either the authorities or the residents. Ill-maintained and stinking, this bus stand can rival its Mohali counterpart.
When the HT team carried out a check on Friday, it found paper plates and other waste dumped right behind the official vehicle of the traffic manager.
The parking lot surface has given way as it has not been recarpeted in a while. So when any vehicle passes by, it leaves behind a cloud of dust. The entrance to the workshop behind the bus stand is in a worse condition. The road does not exist there and the craters on the stretch look like ponds after it rains.
Step inside and the grimy floor, paan-stained walls and pillars, stinking toilets are an assault to the senses. The water cooler stands in a rusted condition as if a ready invitation to fall sick.
Reduced to eyesore
Though the bus stand is located in a sprawling location, it has been reduced to an eyesore and is crying for attention. The vacant area is covered with wild growth and people use the boundary walls as urinals on the pretext of stinking toilets inside! The bus stand, which was inaugurated in 1989, also houses the offices of the regional transport officer and also a company that affixes security numberplates on the first floor.
More than 200 buses ply from the bus stand daily.
Just three sweepers
There are just three sweepers to maintain the bus stand. “Two of the sweepers are on contract, while one is permanently employed. The floor is mopped at regular intervals. We can get it done again,” said Sher Singh, the bus stand in-charge. When asked about the wild growth on the premises, he claimed that it had been removed when former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda came visiting. “It has grown again,” he added.