S. Sandeep Kumar
Most of them are damaged or dilapidated
There are over 1,200 bus shelters in the city
GHMC took over their maintenance from 2006
Hyderabad: Damaged, dilapidated or taken over by unhygienic conditions. This is the state of majority of bus shelters in twin cities. Blame it on poor maintenance of bus shelters by the GHMC or the lack of it -- RTC commuters continue to have a torrid time waiting for a bus.
There are over 1,200 bus shelters in the twin cities and as per an agreement with the RTC, the GHMC took over the maintenance and construction of bus shelters from the year 2006.
Excepting for few bus shelters on Begumpet Road, R.P. Road and other areas, not many new bus shelters are constructed and the maintenance of existing ones is neglected.
Burdened as it is with flyover and other works, the GHMC is giving least priority to bus shelter maintenance. As a result, some of them have turned into open toilets, says Forum for Better Hyderabad general secretary, O.M. Debara.
Be it the bus shelter at Secretariat, Himayatnagar main road, Puranapul or even on the Banjara Hills Road No. 1, majority of them are either in a damaged condition or emanate foul smell.
Waiting for buses in the scorching heat during summer and getting drenched in the rainy season, the plight of commuters is unbearable. Tall claims were made by the GHMC authorities over renovation of bus shelters last year but the situation remains same, deplores Suburban Bus and Train Travellers Association secretary Noor.
However, GHMC Additional Commissioner G. Vani Mohan says that tenders have been finalised for construction of 500 new bus shelters and upgrading of as many existing ones with GPRS facility and digital display.
Each bus shelter is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 lakh and they would be ready in another six months, she adds.