The Vadodara Municipal Corporations (VMC) grand task of developing stylish bus stands across the city is unlikely to serve anypurpose,thanks to the lack of coordination between the civic body and the traffic department.
Despite several pick up stands,passengers are forced to stand on the road due to the numerous autorickshaws that surround the stands.
This happens despite of the presence of traffic police and the newly-introduced Traffic Brigade jawans.
Officials at VMC said that this is a perennial problem,but there is nothing they can do about it.
We have been receiving complaints in this regard and we do convey the issue to the police department at every common meeting. But the problem still exists,” said a senior VMC official.
The police,on the other hand,admitted that autorickshaws create problems for the commuters at most pick up stands.
“We certainly try to
maintain discipline at
the pick up points,but
it is practically impossible for us to deploy officials
at each and every stand. Even at the autorickshaw stands,the number of
autorickshaws is higher
than what is prescribed. However,we would also
like to point out that the
private bus operators
should train their drivers
to park vehicles right
in front of the pick-up
points, wherever they spot passengers,” said ACP Traffic K M Chaudhary,.
are at the receiving end,have been complaining about this to the bus operators.
I dont know who is responsible to take action against the autorickshaw drivers,but they should see what difficulties we are facing. For a young boy it is easy to hip-hop through the hoard of autorickshaws and get into the bus,but for an aged person like me it is a Herculean task,” said Anil Thakker,a retired government employee residing in Old Padra road area.