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Town bus stand in Udhagamandalam waiting for a facelift

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ACTION PLEASE: The stand for town buses in Udhagamandalam needs attention. - Photo: D. Radhakrishnan
ACTION PLEASE: The stand for town buses in Udhagamandalam needs attention. - Photo: D. Radhakrishnan

D. Radhakrishnan

It does not have basic amenities such as toilets and adequate lights

Udhagamandalam: Having come into being a couple of decades ago on the Lower Bazaar road here to relieve congestion in the Central Bus Stand area, the town bus stop is waiting for a facelift.

Appalling conditions

Though number of commuters and vehicles including Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses, private mini buses and vans has increased considerably over the years, matching facilities have not been provided.

Consequently the conditions prevailing there now were appalling and dangerous. Enquiries made by The Hindu here on Sunday revealed that the bus stop was used by about 20 mini buses, nine TNSTC buses and around seven vans between 6.30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Bus shelter

Among the thousands of people depend on the facility were students of the Emerald Heights College for Women and the Government Polytechnic College located near Finger Post.

During the peak hours in the morning and evening there were also a large number of schoolstudents.

Since the stand lacked a bus shelter the people were subjected to a great deal of hardship especially during the rainy seasons. There is no public convenience available nearby.

There had been a toilet at a place nearby, which had for long been used as a venue for public meetings.

However, following a dispute between two groups it had been demolished a few years ago.

Commuters also said that due to inadequate lights after dusk they face the risk of theft.

Reckless driving

While the drivers of the town buses complained that private cars were being allowed to be parked inside the stand others said that the bus drivers indulged in reckless driving and often the mini bus drivers used their mobile phones while driving. A police officer said he had received many complaints in this regard. Meanwhile, both drivers and the commuters said that the deplorable condition of the road near the stand posed a grave danger.

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