Land remained a niggling issue behind provision of basic infrastructure for city bus service even one year after its introduction in Bhubaneswar.
According to Housing and Urban Development department sources, work on four origin-destination terminals could not be commenced as administration failed to demarcate those land patches in Bhubaneswar.
Shortage of staff
Unavailability of ground level technical staff such as revenue inspector and aminas was said to be to be reason behind delay.
However, Rs. 1 crore has already been provided to Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) against a tentative estimate of Rs.2.72 crore. The Chief Engineer, BDA was asked to take steps to get the area of the lands demarcated as soon as possible.
Deadline for provision for basic infrastructure like boundary wall with gate, water supply, security and electricity had been delayed up to March 31 next.
Meanwhile, another patch of land measuring one acre near Shikharchhandi has been allotted in favour of Bhubaneswar Puri Transport Service Limited for Origin Destination terminal.
As far as Depot-cum-Terminal at Narendrakona in Puri is concerned, the matter is now subjudice.
The administration is finding it difficult to take possession of the land.
Dream Team Sahara (DTS), the private operator of BPTSL, had submitted that 20 buses were being parked on the roads in Cuttack.
Though two patches of land have been identified at CDA area, work on creating basic infrastructure is yet to be taken up for the O-D terminals city bus service in Cuttack.
However, good news for the DTS is that it could start using the Depot-cum-Terminal at Pokhariput in Bhubaneswar from December 15 as the construction of the terminal is almost over.
There are some problems on approach road to the terminal. But the BDA has been asked to prepare the road by January 31.
Bus bays for Bhubaneswar region is progressing at a tardy pace.
A committee comprising the members from Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, BPTSL, GA Department, DTS, Public Works department and commissionerate police have been urged to identify the land for 34 bus bays by January 15.
Works department has been asked to complete construction of 21 feasible bus bays in the capital city by February next.
Till the time of completion, yellow line marks would be put on the roads to earmark bus stops zones.
It would ensure stopping of buses on designated locations and help passengers wait at these places.
Chief Engineer of BDA has been asked to take steps to get the area of the lands demarcated for bus terminals