Baramunda bus terminal in a shambles

Bhubaneswar: Leaking roofs, rusted pillars, destination boards smeared by dust and grease, broken slabs, encroachments by booksellers and vendors and lack of basic public facilities depict the pitiable plight of the commuters at the Baramunda bus terminal in the Odisha capital.

An exclusive report by OTV on Sunday shows that the biggest bus terminal of Bhubaneswar is in poor shape despite more than Rs 55 lakh the State government had invested for its infrastructure development.

According to reports, around Rs 23.86 lakh was spent to build two toilets and three urinals while Rs 7.43 lakh and Rs 3.21 lakh were spent to fit tiles on it.

Besides, the government had spent of Rs 6.36 lakh towards colouring, Rs 3.91 lakh for pipe water connection and Rs 10.64 lakh on construction of the boundary wall of the bus terminal.

The road of the bus stand was repaired with an estimated cost of Rs 50,000, the reports added.
“One cannot stand at the ticket counter due to stench smell while toilet facility in the terminal is precarious,” rued a passenger.

Echoing the same view, Bus Association joint secretary Upendra Pradha said, “The main problem here is the lighting. Besides, the terminal has virtually turned almost into a cowshed”.

Asked about the pitiable condition of the bus terminal in the city, Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Majhi said said the government, after so many years, has planned to give Baramunda bus stand a new look with renovation and construction of new toilets, urinals for the commuters.

“RITES Ltd, a company which had constructed the Malatipatpur Bus terminal of Puri, has been roped in to take up the construction work in the bus stand”, the minister informed.

Sources in the Commerce and Transport department said the government is planning to invest around Rs 150 crore for which it has prepared a detailed project report (DPR).

But, the question is why the government, which has planned to construct a new bus stand in the city, has decided to spend a huge amount on the old bus stand.