The general bus stand, which has been shifted twice in the past in the city itself, has lost its relevance at the present site.
Infrastructure is one of the key parameters to assess the living conditions in any city. The general bus stand has become a picture of neglect over the years and poorly reflected on the growth chart of the city.
It was moved here from Parade Ground, when the population of the city was just about one lakh and less than 50,000 vehicles were registered in the city. The number of Vaishno Devi pilgrims was just a few thousands.
However, in the past five decades every figure cited above has grown exponentially, but the development of infrastructure at the bus stand has remained static.
The bus stand, which is an important centre of human activity, is finding itself gasping for breath in the absence of adequate infrastructure. At the present site, it's not only decaying but dying. Like any organic thing, a decaying part not only affects the other, but also makes the whole body dysfunctional.
And, it's exactly what it's doing. The movement of buses in narrow roads is clogging traffic, increasing time of every trip, retarding the moment and eventually forcing commuters to take longer route to avoid traffic rush.
It is taking a toll on day-to-day activities of the city. Shifting it makes sense as it will infuse much-needed fresh air to both the city and the bus stand. The same process has happened across the India. And the BJP MLAs who are opposing it should also not forget that their party lives by the slogan that J&K is an integral part of the country. They cannot have different yardsticks of development.