Overcrowded area, filthy toilets, garbage strewn at every nook and corner, encroachments by venders and haphazardly parked rickshaws, taxis and public vehicles are common sight at the local bus stand, which represent a dismal picture of the Batala municipal council's apathy.
According to information, the town has an “A category” municipal council, which looks after the bus stand, where everyday around 1,000 buses ferry more than 40,000 passengers. However, poor hygienic conditions continue to mar the surrounding of the decades old building of the bus stand.
Though the civic body has provided proper parking space for outside vehicles like motorcycle, car, taxi, etc, the haphazardly parked taxis and motorcycles all over the area create nuisance in already congested bus stand.
The commuters also complain about poor security arrangements at the bus stand, stating that even though there is a permanent police post, incidents of eve-teasing and snatching are common here.
Interestingly, the entrance of the police post was also encroached upon by a vendor, raising a question mark on the working of police.
Though there is a ban on the entrance of two-wheelers and rickshaws on the bus stand premises, one can easily spot dozens of rickshaws and freewheeling two-wheelers there.
The way two-wheelers and rickshaws moved inside the congested bus stand, it is difficult to catch a bus.
Amit Kumar, migrant labourer
The policemen on duty should be more vigilant to check eve-teasing and snatching incidents, which are on rise.
Ranjit Kaur, student of GNDU
The administration should take adequate measures to stop two-wheelers and rickshaws to enter the premises of the bus stand.
Rajinder Mahajan, resident
There should be a time limit on the stoppage of buses at the bus stand so that there is less congestion.
Ram Das, a passenger
Police are issuing challans on regular basis to check haphazard parking and stop movement of private vehicles at the bus stand.
Harpal Singh, incharge of the Bus Stand police post