Passengers at city bus stand are a harried lot, as a lot of shops and kiosks on the premises of Shaheed Sukhdev Singh Thapar Inter-state Bus Terminus have encroached upon the area outside their shops, thus causing inconvenience to passengers.
Passengers say kiosk owners place their articles outside their kiosks thus blocking the path, which is meant for walking.
There are as many as 60 shops in the form of juice vends, fruit shops, snacks kiosk, newspaper stall, and dhabas among others.
The monthly rent for these vends vary between Rs 7,000 and 35,000 as per the location and the space acquired by vend.
Private company Welspun Projects Limited, which maintains the bus stand, allocated shopping vends on the bus stand premises to various contractors on a monthly-rent basis more than seven years ago, and their contract is renewed every year.
A passenger, Balbeer Luthra, said, “During day, there is a huge rush at the bus stand. Walking from one corner to the other becomes very difficult as the shop owners keep their articles outside their shops.”
“Fruits and food items at these shops are kept in open and are unhygienic as bees and flies keep hovering over them and it can lead to various diseases,” Sekhon said.
When contacted, Surinder Singh Pannu, manager, operations and maintenance, Welspun Projects Limited, said, “We have marked a yellow line outside the shopping vends. If any shop owner crosses the mark, then our security personnel ask them to vacate the place immediately.”
“The security also keeps check to ensure that no area is encroached by anyone on the bus stand premises,” Pannu said.