The residents of Faridabad may soon get respite from their long standing transport woes as the state government is likely to introduce over 80 new buses on its various routes next month.
"We will be receiving about 86 new buses in Faridabad in a month's time. Once we receive them, their deployment in different routes of this township will minimise transport related worries of the people here," said Sanjay Joon, general manager, Haryana Roadways, Faridabad.
The Haryana government had ordered 150 buses for Faridabad under the JNNURM scheme, out of which 64 have already reached here and have been pressed into service. Since the public is not satisfied with the transport service in the city and also up to Badarpur Metro station, the senior government officials thought that instead of the roadways, Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) should handle city bus service for efficient transport service within the city.
At present, about half a dozen buses ply between Faridabad and Badarpur Metro station, the people demand more buses be pressed into service, covering different sectors up to Metro station and back.
A high-level meeting of senior officers chaired by principal secretary (transport) Keshni Anand Arora was held about a week ago in this regard.
"The issue of handing over the job of transport service within the city to MCF will be taken up before the chief minister," Arora had responded to Hindustan Times query after the meeting about a week ago.
"If the chief minister approves the proposal, the city bus service will definitely be run by MCF," Arora added.
Besides, the transport minister OP Jain visited many places including the site in Sector 12 where new bus stand is proposed to come up.
"The public outcry against poor inter-city transport service seems to have forced the state government to find another alternative," said R Prabakar, a local resident.
The Haryana chief secretary Urvashi Gulati had also reviewed the developmental activities in Faridabad through video-conferencing recently. It was in that conferencing that the chief secretary dropped broad hints for MCF to be
prepared for taking over city bus service, which is otherwise run by the state transport department.
"During the course of video-conferencing, chief Secretary desired that MCF should be assigned the duty of running inter-city transport service in Faridabad," D Suresh, Commissioner, MCF who had also participated in the video-conferencing, told HT.