A well-constructed bus stand building in Amloh, worth several crores, has been waiting for VVIPs for its inauguration for over six months.
Residents claim the inauguration dates were fixed twice and subsequently postponed because of politics. Due to the delay in inaugural ceremony, the condition of the building is also deteriorating day by day as no care taker has been appointed to maintain it.
The inaugural ceremony had also sparked a political discussion when the incumbent Congress MLA, Kaka Randeep Singh, urged the chief minister to start the bus stand which was a long pending demand of the area residents.
A visit to the bus stand revealed grass growing through the cemented floor of the stand. The main entry gate was locked and the condition of the building indicated that no maintenance had been carried out since the building was constructed.
Ravinder Pal Singh, a resident, said that people demanded a proper bus stand which the town lacked.
Talking about the problems faced by commuters, he said the bus operators had made three or more temporary stops.
He said the locals were forced to stand in the scorching heat and wait for the buses if they wanted to commute to Mandi Gobindgarh, Khanna and Nabha.
Another resident Amarjeet Kaur said it was difficult to wait in the open during rains as no sheds were present at the temporary stops fixed by bus drivers.
Kaur added there was no public toilet which aggravated issues for women passengers at temporary bus stops and sometimes, they had to run few meters to catch the buses as they did not have a permanent stop.
Kaur said the bus drivers stopped buses on their own will and women were the worst affected when they had to run to catch the buses which could lead to fatal accidents.
Amloh MLA Kaka Randeep Singh said the demand had been hanging fire and he had raised the issue on the floor of the House.
He said he had requested the government to inaugurate the bus stand which was already constructed and just awaiting an inauguration ceremony.
Singh added the chief minister had also made various announcements for inaugurating the terminal during the Lok Sabha poll rallies held in Amloh but the building was neither started nor inaugurated despite repeated demands.
Deputy commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib Arun Sekhri said they would initiate steps to start the terminal as soon as possible.
However, the district SAD president, Jagdeep Singh Cheema clarified that the delay in inauguration of the terminal was because of non-procurement of a no objection certificate (NoC) from the forest department.