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900 bus shelters razed for metro corridors

900 bus shelters razed for metro corridors
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At a time when there is an acute shortage of bus shelters in the city, 900 of them have been demolished to make way for 66 proposed metro stations in three corridors, from L B Nagar to Miyapur, Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma and Nagole to Shilparamam. 

Hyderabad: At a time when there is an acute shortage of bus shelters in the city, 900 of them have been demolished to make way for 66 proposed metro stations in three corridors, from L B Nagar to Miyapur, Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma and Nagole to Shilparamam.

On its part, GHMC has managed to construct a mere 50 shelters as a part of its 100-day action plan. When the issue was brought to the notice of the GHMC officials, they said a total of 1,142 bus shelters were allotted to the agencies of which 389 were not taken up due to various issues like lack of space and 53 were removed for road widening or for being on metro rail corridors.

The advertisement wing of GHMC found that 384 of the 840 bus shelters constructed under the ‘build, operate and transfer’ mode were lacking in facilities which the agencies were mandated to provide under the terms of agreement.

"The agencies have been collecting huge sums as advertisement revenue from displays on the shelters in different parts of the city, yet, the same interest in providing amenities to the commuter has been lacking," said a senior official in the advertising wing. He said that the State government had recently constituted a committee to study and submit a detailed project report pertaining to modernisation of the bus shelters across the city.

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