Faridkot bus stand paints a picture of apathy, neglect
The local bus stand, which is owned by the PRTC, paints a picture of neglect and apathy as there is nothing in the name of facilities for passengers though the department concerned is earning enough money through bus stand fee and rent from shops on the premises.punjab Updated: Feb 22, 2013 19:53 IST
The local bus stand, which is owned by the PRTC, paints a picture of neglect and apathy as there is nothing in the name of facilities for passengers though the department concerned is earning enough money through bus stand fee and rent from shops on the premises.
"There are hardly any benches for passengers to sit. Besides there is no drinking water, toilets are dirty and sewage is seen stagnating at the bus stand most of the times," said Balwant Singh, president of the private bus operator union, Faridkot. The PRTC earns about Rs 10,000 per day from the fee collected from buses besides a large amount from shops it owns at the bus stand, he added.
"A shed to park buses was blown off by strong winds in summers two years ago. The construction has not started so far. There is an old roofed area with some bus counters, which is being used to park buses," claims Gurtej Singh Sewewalia, chairman of the private bus operators union, Faridkot. "The hand pump at the bus stand has been installed by us by through collections."
Sewewalia added that about 500 buses enter the bus stand every day and Rs 20 is charged from each bus. "Mini buses are charged Rs 10 for each entry and some buses are also parked overnight, for which Rs 20 is charged per vehicle. The bus stand has about 10 shops and apart from some stalls, which generate a considerable amount revenue, but no proper facilities are being extended to passengers," he added.
In the summer season, it becomes all the more difficult for passengers at the bus stand as there are hardly any fans.
Faridkot is a district headquarter town where thousands of people visit daily for official work. Guru Gobind Singh medical college alone sees more than 1,000 OPD patients and several people from across the district and adjoining districts also visit the town. Faridkot also has a district and sessions court and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences apart from several private and government educational institutions, but the bus stand has failed to cater to passengers.
"The bus stand should have seating arrangements for more than 100 passengers as Faridkot is district headquarters," says Rajinder Singh, general secretary of the Punjab Students Union, who is a resident of Deep Singh Wala in the district.
"We are going to construct a new bus stand soon and tenders have been floated by the head office," said Mohinderpal Singh, general manager, PRTC depot at Faridkot.
Last year too, the government had plans to construct a new bus stand at Faridkot but it did not materialise, said sources.