No shel­ters for pas­sen­gers wait­ing at Pan­vel ST de­pot

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: With the di­lap­i­dated struc­ture at ST bus de­pot in Pan­vel be­ing pulled down, pas­sen­gers have to wait for buses in the scorch­ing heat this sum­mer. This has added to the prob­lems of pas­sen­gers.

Pan­vel bus de­pot is a ma­jor cen­tre for travel to the ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas of Ma­ha­rash­tra. Buses ply t o and f ro f rom Konkan, West­ern Ma­ha­rash­tra, Khan­desh from here. Hence there is al­ways a rush at the de­pot.

The di­lap­i­dated build­ing was de­mol­ished last year. Apart from pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling long dis­tance, other pas­sen­gers also have a tough time tak­ing bus from the de­pot to vil­lages. A year on, there is not even a tem­po­rary shed at the de­pot for pas­sen­gers.

A new build­ing will be con­structed at the de­pot.

For those trav­el­ling long dis­tances, the MSRDC has con­structed a shed in the cen­tral area of the de­pot. How­ever, for those trav­el­ling to Uran, Kar­jat, Kalyan, Alibaug, Khopoli and Lon­avla, they have to stand out­side in the hot sun.

Atul Jait­pal, a res­i­dent, said, “There was not much prob­lem in the win­ter, how­ever, now with sum­mer at its peak, the heat is un­bear­able. The de­pot had wit­nessed a huge rush last week ow­ing to the ex­tended week­end. The pas­sen­gers had a tough time.”

He added, “Till the new build­ing is con­structed, the au­thor­i­ties need to make tem­po­rary ar­range­ments for the pas­sen­gers. As it is, pas­sen­gers have to rush from one place to an­other to board a bus, as there is a lot of con­fu­sion here.”

Ash­wathama Pravasi Sangh, a New Pan­vel-based pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tion, has de­cided to com­plain on the is­sue to MSRDC.

A mem­ber said, “The au­thor­i­ties seem to care lit­tle for pas­sen­gers. It is not clear when the new build­ing will be con­structed. Why can’t a tem­po­rary shed be con­structed till then?”

“We will take up the mat­ter with the au­thor­i­ties,” he added.

Pan­vel de­pot of­fi­cials said they are look­ing into the is­sue and hop­ing to find a so­lu­tion soon.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Com­muters have to wait out­side af­ter the struc­ture at Pan­vel ST bus de­pot was razed.

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