OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL
Despite lacking basic facilities, Kushabhau Thakre Inter- state Bus Terminus ( ISBT), which was inaugurated on November 1, 2010, will start functioning from Thursday. Meanwhile the BMC Chairman has alleged
that ISBT is being made operational due to the pressure being mounted by the state government.
Bhopal Development Authority ( BDA) has built the ISBT while BMC has to maintain it. BMC is yet to make arrangements for drinking water, ticket counters and announcement display board etc. Even UAD Minister Babulal Gaur has pointed out the lack of necessary facilities at ISBT. The fund- starved BMC had forwarded its terms and conditions for maintaining the ISBT to the State government but it has not given any concrete reply to BMC administration till date. The buses will start plying for Hoshangabad, Sagar and Raisen routes from the ISBT. ISBT has space for parking for 74 buses at a time.
Besides, there is parking facility for 500 two wheelers, 100 auto rickshaws and 50 taxis and passengers vehicles parking. The ISBT still lacks basic facilities. Babulal Gaur, in his visit, had instructed the BMC officials to making seating arrangements by fixing benches in the waiting room and drinking water for the passengers before starting the new bus stand. However, BMC commissioner Manish Singh tried to convince Gaur that there was adequate number of toilets for the passengers in the new bus stand. There is also provision for restaurants and shops for the passengers in the bus stand campus and there is also provision for a mini bus stand outside the main bus stand. Divisional commissioner Manoj Shrivastava said,’Kushabhau Thakre ISBT will start its working from Thursday’. When asked about the reservations of BMC, which has been assigned to maintain it, Commissioner said,’We have convinced BMC administration’. Mayor Krishna Gaur was not available for comment.
Govt is forcing BMCs hands: BMC chairman Kailash Mishra said,’ISBT is being made operational under pressure of State Government. BMC had conveyed its terms and conditions to the state government but till date there is no response. BMC is already facing a financial crisis and state government should provide financial support to it.