The bus stand which was made just at the entrance of Mohali is slowly dying. Though the MLA of Mohali has sent a proposal to the ministry for the revival of the Mohali bus stand.
The interstate bus operations were shifted to the new bus stand named Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Phase 6. After the bus stand operations were shifted, the operations at the older bus stand almost died. There are about 225 bus routes which are operated from ISBT but no local routes.
Local Bus Service Was Demanded But Nothing Has Been Done
People of Chandigarh demanded a local bus service which would operate on the internal routes and connect them to district peripheral sectors. A proposal regarding the same was also discussed a decade ago but no action has been taken so far.
A three-month exhibition cum fair was in 1974. The exhibition was held next to the bus stand on the Phase 8 ground. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi proposed to name the city Komagata Maru Nagar during her speech.
On November 1, 1975, Giani Zail Singh, the Punjab chief minister during that time renamed it ti Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar. But the name Mohali remains.
Efforts To Revive The Old Bus Stand
The MLA of Mohali said that they will make efforts so that they are able to revive the old bus stand. He said that a proposal has been sent for approval to the state ministry and the bus stand would be used for local bus service. He further added that the bus stand is a heritage and they are making full efforts so that they can revive it.
The MC will be starting a public bus service very soon which would cover the towns of Mohali and also other places within 10 km radius leaving Chandigarh.
Mohali Local Bus Service To Begin Soon
As per sources, the commissioner of the Municipal Corporation said that two models are in process to start the Mohali local bus services. He said that they might introduce 15 routes initially. The new routes would be covering the following areas:
- Industrial Area
- New Bus Stand
The CTU would be operational in Mohali but not that frequently and would not operate in the inner parts of the city.
He said that the MC would be introducing around 10 AC buses. The buses would be both 32 seaters as well as 52 seaters. In the first module, they may outsource it to a private company and in the second module they will purchase the buses and will operate them.
Departments like Greater Mohali Development Area Authority, Punjab Transport Department and the district administration had planned to run Mohali’s own public transport but no further step has been taken.
Source: The Times Of India
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