As swanky bus shelters take over,existing ones decay

Even as some 60 modified stainless-steel bus queue shelters have been installed on the city’s V3 roads,no effort has been made to improve the quality of existing shelters that are made of influx or concrete.

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published: July 2, 2013 3:18 am

Even as some 60 modified stainless-steel bus queue shelters have been installed on the city’s V3 roads,no effort has been made to improve the quality of existing shelters that are made of influx or concrete.

The new bus shelters are based on the designs from Delhi. They consist of a scratch proof polycarbonate sheet,a heat resistant 10mm sheet, flooring finished with cement and concrete paver blocks. While there is ample space for seating,there is a provision for display spaces for guide maps,timetable and advertisements.

The old bus queue shelters in the city,on the other hand,have half broken roofs providing no protection from the weather,seats with big holes and with dogs and beggars sleeping all over the place. Route-maps indicating the bus arrival timings are in a tattered condition while graffiti and advertisement posters adorn the walls. All that the signage on the bus shelter tells you is the sector you are in.

“We have handed over the 60 new shelters made up of stainless steel to the Chandigarh Transport Unit- CTU. We have already got Rs 75 lakh to develop the new bus queue shelters based on the pattern of one of the shelter made in Sector 28 in front of the Himachal Bhawan,but we are waiting for the architect department to approve for the same pattern such that we start revamping the old ones. Till that,we cannot start the repairing work of the existing bus queue shelters,it will take around three months to finish this project,” said S K Chaddha,chief engineer.

The new 60 bus queue shelters can be seen in around 16 sectors in the south of the city including the IT Park,near Infosys. There are five such bus shelters made in Sector 48 at various locations,where as four shelters in Sector 49 and three in Sector 56.

“We have given the tender of the advertisements to the contractor. It will be the contractor’s responsibility to make arrangements of the tube lights inside the display boards of the new shelters,otherwise wiring is all done. If any one does harm to the lights,the contractor will have to fix it back. There are around 64 other old bus queue shelters in city that desperately needs repair,out of them some are not even needed only. While in case of the display board maintenance at the shelters,we,no more have the contract to be held responsible for that,” a CTU official said.

“The proposal is to bring in new CTU buses,such that we can install GPS in all buses and all the sectors can be easily connected. Earlier the display boards were only installed at around 50 bus queue shelters but even the students never hesitated to damage the boards. Some stole the electric wires and some,the electric metres itself,” the official added.

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