Amritsar, September 12
The city intelligentsia has demanded that the district authorities should revive the City Bus Service (CBS) by pressing its fleet of buses on roads where BRTS buses will not ply. A social activist, Balram Kumar Sharma, said this way the CBS could transfer passengers to the BRTS and vice versa.
Citing an example, he said the popular Majitha Road did not have a dedicated channel for the BRTS. Obviously, its buses would not drive there. Majitha Road’s adjoining roads, the Mall Road and the Batala Road have dedicated tracks for the BRTS. “By plying buses of the CBS on Majitha Road, residents of its scores of colonies up to the bypass and across could be linked to the BRTS to enjoy uninterrupted mass transport service in the entire city”.
He said as many as 60 buses were introduced under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM), which are gathering dust at the Mall Mandi bus stand. “Sparing of five buses on the less than 15-km stretch from Sant Singh Sukha Singh Chowk, which connects Majitha Road with the Mall up to Nag Kalan village, will ensure a bus service every five minutes. Passengers could go ahead catching their next bus at the BRTS corridor,” he suggested.
Another resident, Jatinderpal Singh, said both projects could become viable in case the government made relevant provisions. Instead of competing against each other, buses of both mass transport systems must be made complimentary.
He said the BRTS corridor stretches on GT Road from the New Amritsar locality up to Chheharta. En route, there are many roads which had a number of localities and its residents come to the GT road daily to catch auto-rickshaws and other modes of transport to reach their destination. He added that the CBS buses could pick them up and drop them off at GT Road from their localities, who could then reach any point in the city by travelling in the BRTS buses.
The city residents had waited for about seven years for the launch of the City Bus Service, which is now lying defunct. After two years of its existence, most buses went off the road. The defunct vehicles can be seen parked at the Mall Mandi bus stand.
The Local Bodies Minister had put the project on hold and proposed to introduce the city buses in the project to make it more viable.