Commuters get better facilities at revamped Panvel ST depot
NOT HAPPY Association says seating arrangements not sufficient, depot has water leakage problem
NAVI MUMBAI: Thousands of commuters from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai who travel to different parts of Maharashtra through Panvel will now have better facilities at the Panvel State Transport (ST) bus depot.
The run-down depot, which is almost 70 years, got a facelift and was opened to the public a few days ago. The depot had been in a bad shape for the past several years. Issues such as waterlogging, broken shades, dirty toilets and dearth of seating arrangements were making the commuting a nightmare.
Residents and commuters’ associations had been demanding better facilities for years.
“In the first phase, we repaired the spaces where buses stop. This was necessary to get rid of waterlogging as monsoon is round the corner. We have
many other plans to redevelop the depot,” said an official from the state transport department.
However, the local residents
said the depot still lacks many facilities given the number of buses it handles every day.
“On an average, 400-500 buses
travel through the depot every day. However, the basic amenities for commuters are still pathetic. We hope to government will pay more attention to this depot to make the commuting comfortable,” said Bhakti Dave, president of Panvel Pravashi Sangh.
Several vendors are randomly occupying spaces inside the depot. Seating arrangements are not sufficient and it has water leakage problem too.
“The previous government had decided to develop the depot on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. However, after the BJP came to power, they rejected that plan and asked the state transport to repair it. While we appreciate the transport department’s efforts, they have lots to do,” he added.
Rajesh Singh, 44, a Panvel resident, said, “The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority is developing roads in Panvel that lead to the upcoming international airport. The state should pay equal attention to other infrastructures such as bus depots, parking lots and flyovers.”
The Panvel ST depot after the revamp. It handles around 500 buses every day.