To have been completed in 2012, only the bus terminus building has come up on the five-acre project site

An RTC bus station at Falaknuma remains a pipedream. To have gone on stream in 2012, the inordinate delay in the project’s completion only adds to the woes of the city’s south.

Till date, only a terminus building has come up on the five-acre project site, which is to encompass a bus station and depot, apart from the bus pass section.

The project slowed down in the initial days itself after authorities faced problems dealing with the two small water bodies that existed on land allotted for the depot. Later, executing works on the hilly terrain posed a challenge for the officials and contractors.

A few land issues also cropped up between APSRTC authorities and local residents. However, these were later resolved. As of now, a major part of the bus station works has been completed. It could now take another year for the bus depot to be ready.

“Minor works at the bus station remain and they will be completed soon,” an APSRTC official said.

Boon for the public

Once completed, the project would help the public avoid visiting the Charminar bus terminus for renewal of bus passes or getting a new one.

“At present, we are forced to go all the way to Charminar to renew our bus passes,” Haneefuddin, a student says.

APSRTC sources said there was a delay in releasing funds due to the agitation over the proposed bifurcation of the State. APSRTC Executive Director, Greater Hyderabad Zone, A. Koteshwar Rao said, “We are yet to get possession of the bus station as some works are pending still.”

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