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Odisha: BJP Slams State Govt Over Shifting Venue Of New Bus Terminal

Cuttack: The BJP in Odisha has hit out at the State government for shifting the proposed bus terminal from Gopalpur-Balikuda to Khan Nagar in the city.

The BJP’s opposition to the new venue came hours after Chief Minister Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for the new bus terminal at Khan Nagar, on Saturday.

At a press meet, Cuttack district president of BJP Prakash Behera said that the State Government had decided in 2013 to construct a new bus terminal at Balikuda-Goapalpur on the outskirts of Cuttack city.

“The state-of the art bus terminal was proposed to be constructed on a sprawling 43 acres land at Balikuda-Gopalpur. But, now only 30 acres land remains while there has been no sign of the remaining 13 acres of land. The government officers or the land mafia have grabbed the land illegally,” Behera said.

“Is changing the site for the new project a ploy to protect the land grabbers,” asked Behera.

The government has not yet clarified over the shifting of the new bus terminal to Khan Nagar from the earlier Balikuda-Gopalpur, he said.

“Everyone knows that the proposed project will be constructed on only 10-11 acres land at Khan Nagar, which is not sufficient for an well equipped bus terminal,” Behera said.

Terming the event as an eye wash by the BJD before the municipal polls, Behera said, “ Before every election in Odisha the government goes on a foundation stone laying spree across the State to catch eyeballs and garner support.”

The BJP leader also slammed the Chief Minister alleging that the latter was sleeping over the proposed Netaji Museum project since long.

“An old jail existed at the place where the chief Minister lay wrath on Netaji’s photograph today.  The government had earlier decided to convert the jail into a museum in memory of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. What is the status of that project now? Behera asked.

The new bus terminus which will be named after Netaji Subhash Bose, will be constructed at a cost of Rs 65 crore.

Patnaik today announced to develop the new project as a model bus terminal in the country. The CM further stated that steps would be taken to enliven the memory of Netaji in the minds of every passenger who visited the bus stand.

The new terminal which will come up on 11,000 square metre land will have all modern facilities including restrooms, cloak rooms, food court, e-vehicle charging station, parking space for four wheelers and three wheelers apart from buses.

The new terminal having adequate space to accommodate 180 buses will be come under government’s 5T initiative.

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