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City Bus Service discontinued on some routes

Announced in 2007 on the lines of the service running in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the City Bus Service, which was flagged off in January with the aim of decongesting the city's roads and affording the commuters a suitable means of transport has been pulled off some routes and rescheduled on others much to the inconvenience of regular commuters. The authorities concerned, however, plan to hold a meeting in this regard on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Sep 27, 2014 23:23 IST
Shaheen P Parshad

Announced in 2007 on the lines of the service running in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the City Bus Service, which was flagged off in January with the aim of decongesting the city's roads and affording the commuters a suitable means of transport has been pulled off some routes and rescheduled on others much to the inconvenience of regular commuters. The authorities concerned, however, plan to hold a meeting in this regard on Tuesday.

The routes: Earlier the city bus service used to ply on long routes including Daburji to India Gate--via bus stand, Hussianpura Chowk, Sant Singh Sukha Singh Chowk, Rattan Singh Chowk, district courts, Circuit House, railway station, Putlighar, Khalsa College Chowk and Chheharta Chowk; Daburji to Meera Kot - via Sultanwind Chowk, Dharm Singh Market, railway station, Sadar Thana, Saroop Rani Government College for Women, Hartej Nursing Home and Meera Kot; Indian Oil petrol pump in Verka to Mandir Baba Mulla Ji - via Verka bypass, Bijli Ghar Verka, Vijay Nagar, Dental College Chowk, bus stand, Ram Bagh, Durgiana Mandir, Khazana Gate and Chattiwind.

Routes where buses have been discontinued:The commuters said that though previously the City Buses used to commute between India Gate to Daburji, now they are stopped at the bus stand. They averred that for the past few days the service was not plying even on the route to Chheharta.

Resident Speak: Naresh Johar, who commutes on the Sadar police station-Golden Temple route by city bus, said a few days ago the services were not available on this route. "However, these have been resumed but the service between Meerankot to Golden Temple does not go beyond the Golden Temple as it used to earlier, to the inconvenience of the commuters," he said.

Routes after rescheduling: The rescheduling of routes of the City Bus Service has enhanced the rush at the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) with a number of these buses plying either from, to or via the bus stand. Officials in the Karnataka-based Company Managing the City Bus Service said that the Daburji to India Gate route has been bifurcated into two with the buses plying between Bus Stand and India Gate and Daburji to Bus Stand.

They added that it's the same way with the other routes as well. "While earlier there were three routes, the bifurcation of every route has enhanced their number to six. However, services have also been withdrawn on a majority of routes, much to the inconvenience of the commuters," said the official, on condition of anonymity.

Probable reasons: 1. Shortage of buses: While a fleet of 150 buses had been proposed for the City Bus Service, as of now not more than 60 are available in the city. Of these, 20 have been stopped while around 40 are functioning.
2. Dominance of auto rickshaws along some routes: Areas, particularly the stretch between Bus Stand and Chheharta is dominated by auto rickshaws.

Management: Supervised by the Amritsar City Transport Service, the project was given on contract to a Karnataka-based company on Net Credit Cost mode (NCC). As per the contract, the company is obligated to pay the MC `1,250 per month, which would have been increased to `2,000 per month with an annual hike of 7% for 10 years.