Malatipatpur bus terminal in Puri, a blessing for harried visitors

Puri: With around 15 lakh devotees were present to witness the century’s first Nabakalebara Rath Yatra, the newly constructed Malatipatpur bus stand along the Bhubaneswar-Puri National Highway (NH) played a great role in controlling the traffic system here, as various buses had taken passengers from here to Bada Danda (Grand Road).

According to reports, around 133 tourists buses were plying on this 7 km-long road and helping passengers, especially those came from other states to see the mega festival.

Out of 133 buses, the State government had brought 104 buses from other states to meet the hue rush.

Apart from these buses, several auto rickshaws were also seen taking passengers from the bus stop and dropping them at Bada Danda yesterday.

The bus stand, which was built on a 10 acre plot at an expenditure of Rs 70 crore, is the first in the State to have all modern facilities, according to Transport department sources.

Buses coming from different places of the State were not allowed to enter the Holy City during the mega event, as all were parked at the Malatipatpur bus stand, the report added.