PALAMPUR: The water logging in the local bus stand during rains has become a matter of serious concern. Despite the fact that over two crores has been spent on the construction of new bus stand two years ago but it is in bad shape. Particularly during rains it become quite difficult for passengers to approach the ticket counters because of heavy water logging in and around the bus stand.
Senior officers of the Himachal Road Transport corporation are well conversant with the situation but no efforts were made in past two years to solve the problem. Palampur bus stand is one of the important bus stands of the state and thousands of passengers daily board buses from here to different destinations.
The construction of this bus stand was taken up in 1991, when Mr. Shanta Kumar was the Chief Minister of the state. It is a sad state of affairs that in past eighteen years no serious efforts were made for the completion of this bus stand as per original plan, which is urgently required for this fast developing town.
The government had acquired 75 kanal of valuable land in the heart of the town for this bus stand. According to original blueprint there was a plan to construct booking offices, clock room, guest house, official complex to house HRTC offices, banks alongwith a greenbelt around the bus stand. Besides, there was also a proposal to set up a shopping complex under self financing scheme. HRTC had declared that this bus stand would be the most modern and biggest one in the state. But even after a gap eighteen years bus stand is still half completed, only one portion of the bus stand was completed and remaining work was left half way.
Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal Chief Minister who recently visited the Palampur town announced that his government was well conversant with the problem of public of Palampur. Necessary steps were being initiated for the improvement in the bus stand complex. He announced there was no shortage of funds for this project.
Mr. Dhumal expressed concern why congress government deviated from the original plan of the bus stand and constructed the existing buildings in gross violation of rules. He said he had already received complaints of poor construction of bus stand complex and government would also look in to it.