Derelict bus stops draw flak for Panchayats in SA

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
26 Jun 2017

Pitiable state of  bus stops in different parts of South Andaman mainly Rangachang, Beodnabad and Burma Nallah is drawing serious flak for the Panchayat authorities in the region and causing countless problems to commuters.  Owing to continuous indifference exhibited by the elected bodies, the facilities in the region are presently being used by stray animals instead of benefiting commuters.
People complain that it is difficult to stand under the scorching heat. Some bus shelters have broken or completely missing roofs providing little protection from heat and rain. In the absence of  repairs, the shelters have become home to stray animals. In the present rainy season, the shelters without roofs and proper maintenance are turning out to be of no use to the residents in the region.
“Residents is this part of  South Andaman avail long distance buses to travel to their destination for work or other purpose on a daily basis. In the course, they have to wait for at least 15-20 minutes for the government or private buses to arrive. And the poor state of  bus stands in different routes have has added to the problems of the commuters. During summers, people are forced to wait under the boiling sun or get wet during rains. The crumbling state of  the facilities have also caused injuries to the commuters on some occasions. Seldom can a person be seen utilizing the bus stand in our areas. Villagers here hope that the concerned Panchayat authorities will initiate steps to renovate the bus stands in the interest of commuters, said Vijay Kumar, a resident of Beodnabad.