Staff Reporter

Not to pay toll at city bus stand if infrastructure is not created in 10 days

BERHAMPUR: Private bus owners have decided to stop paying toll to the Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) if steps are not taken to provide basic infrastructure and amenities at the city bus stand within 10 days.

Every private bus that enters the new bus stand in the city pays a toll of Rs. 15 as parking fee to the BDA. More than 300 private buses use this bus stand and they make several trips in a day.

Members of the Ganjam District Private Bus Owners’ Association say that the BDA should use the money collected as toll for development of the bus terminus. But it was not doing so.

Garbage dump

Joint secretary of the association Santosh Kumar Pati said despite several pleas the BDA had not shown any interest to improve the conditions at this major bus terminus of South Orissa.

The bus stand remained like a garbage dump in the absence of regular cleaning, he alleged.

‘No water’

“There is no waiting room for women and anti-social elements create nuisance at night. There is also no proper toilet for women. After many pleas, the authorities have constructed a toilet for women. But it is half finished in the absence of water connection,” Mr. Pati said.

Drinking water was another major problem at the bus stand.

This apart, a major portion of the bus stand would remain water-logged if it due to lack of proper drainage, he added. Besides, the area meant for bus parking had also been encroached and the authorities were not removing them, he alleged.

Members of the association said as the BDA failed to use the money collected from them for the development of the bus terminus, they decided to take up the matter on their own.

They threatened not to pay the toll if it did not take up measures to improve infrastructure at the bus stand.

After that the association would collect the toll on its own and use it directly for developmental works which were sidelined by the authorities, Mr Pati added.