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Shabby bus bays put commuters to hardship

Shabby bus bays put commuters to hardship
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The aphorism ‘less is more’ aptly sums up the state of bus shelters in the city. If there is a roof, there are no seats and vice-versa. There are 1,142 bus shelters in the city of which 70 per cent are damaged and in pitiable condition forcing commuters to stand in the open while 1,200 bus stands have no shelters at all. About 25 lakh commuters depend on public transportation in the GHMC limits. 

Hyderabad: The aphorism ‘less is more’ aptly sums up the state of bus shelters in the city. If there is a roof, there are no seats and vice-versa. There are 1,142 bus shelters in the city of which 70 per cent are damaged and in pitiable condition forcing commuters to stand in the open while 1,200 bus stands have no shelters at all. About 25 lakh commuters depend on public transportation in the GHMC limits.

As per norms, bus shelters are required to have comfortable seating and proper illumination besides a provision for allowing electronic streaming of bus timings and routes. Sharing his experience, K Sharath, a clerk with a private firm, said, “The bus shelter near Ranga Reddy Collectorate is in a very poor condition. I don’t know why it is called a bus shelter when there is no shelter and seating.”


Highlights:

  • 70 per cent of bus shelters neither have a shed nor seating facilities
  • Commuters left to stand on the road or under the trees
  • GHMC promises to act against private agencies for not complying with the standards in running bus shelters

“I travel by bus regularly to purchase vegetables at Mehdipatnam Rythu Bazaar. Waiting at the bus stop (Peddamma Temple bus stop) during a sunny day is manageable, but it is very difficult during the rainy season,” says Shwetha, a homemaker.

The issue of bus shelters has been persisting for years. The GHMC officials say that the corporation is to receive a detailed report within a week and agencies that do not maintain standards would be blacklisted. The private agencies that are maintaining bus shelters include Uni Ads-172 shelters, Moving Media-83, Sri Venkateswara -54, Prakash Arts -24, Times Innovative Media -23, Crisis Management - 13, Mayuri Engineering -12, G Mastan Reddy - 2 and Neo Media -1.

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