Inter-State bus stop is still miles away
ALL ANNOUNCEMENTS made by State Government representatives to convert the Civil Lines bus station into an inter-State bus station seem to be hollow as more than three years have passed but nothing concrete has been done till date in this direction.
Significantly, Rewati Raman Singh, soon after taking over as Transport Minister, had announced in December 2003 that Civil Lines bus station of Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Corporation (UPSRTC) would be converted into an inter-State bus station. However, the proposal is yet to see the light of the day.
UPSRTC authorities posted at Civil Lines bus station had no concrete information about it. On condition of anonymity, they told HT that the announcement was a political gimmick. They further said that the then minister had announced it without considering the existing legal hurdles in expansion of the Civil Lines bus station.
The land adjacent to southern part of bus station has not yet been cleared off encroachers. The land in question is still occupied by several small vendors and others.
These illegal occupants have been living there for a long time and have challenged the district administration’s order in the court. As a result of the UPSRTC authorities are not in a position to take any appropriate action.
UPRSTC sources said that the proposed extension of bus station could not take place because the required land was not vacated from illegal occupants.
Notably, the Supreme Court on September 7, 2001, had quashed the SLP filed by one Khurshid Ahmad against the State Government’s order to hand over the land to UPSRTC. But despite the decision, the UPSRTC has not taken any action so far. Earlier, an initiative was taken by the district administration to remove the illegal occupants but they also failed to get back possession.