The municipal council of Mandi Gobindgarh is among the richest municipalities of the state but its main bus stand is in a deplorable condition. The MC earned R71.9 lakh in three years through the city's main bus stand but it has not spent a single penny to provide basic facilities to commuters and public there.
PD Bansal, president, Lok Sewa Club, who got information through Right to Information (RTI) Act about the MC's earning from the main bus stand said it is really shocking that despite being a big industrial city and being situated on GT Road, thousands of people who come here daily face lack of basic facilities at the bus stand.
Bansal said at the bus stand, the only dhaba that has been closed and AC hall indicate that nobody tried to maintain the facilities at bus stand. The MC has not provided any facility of clean drinking water as a result commuters are forced to purchase costly packaged water bottles. Owing to filthy condition of bathrooms and toilets, people don't use them. Old and no longer in use garbage containers add to unhygienic atmosphere.
Bansal said they had brought it to the notice of the municipal council authorities that no rate list was displayed at canteen, as a result the rates for eatables are being fixed arbitrarily. Parking receipt issued by contractor didn't bear any print rate, which indicates that they charge more than the rates prescribed by government.
Parking of unauthorised canter-trucks within the bus stand compound shows that nobody is there to check the illegal activities being carried out on the bus stand premises.
Bansal alleged that had the authorities spent a small amount of the total earnings on bus stand, basic facilities could have been easily provided to commuters and public. He said if the authorities failed to take steps to improve the condition at the bus stand soon, the matter would be brought to the notice of the Fatehgarh Sahib deputy commissioner and the state government.
PD Bansal, president, Lok Sewa Club, said as per information provided by the executive officer, municipal council, Mandi Gobindgarh, under the RTI Act, they have collected R71.9 lakh from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2013, through various income sources of bus stand. Of this, R40.37 has been collected as bus adda fee, R21.14 lakh from parking and R10.39 lakh from canteen and dhabas.
As per information, neither any civil work nor any repair work has been done in the said three years at the bus stand.