Com­muters get bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties at re­vamped Panvel ST de­pot

NOT HAPPY As­so­ci­a­tion says seat­ing ar­range­ments not suf­fi­cient, de­pot has wa­ter leak­age prob­lem

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

BACHCHAN KUMAR

The Panvel ST de­pot af­ter the re­vamp. It han­dles around 500 buses ev­ery day.

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