By Shivangi Joshi
The bus queue shelters in different sectors of the city are in a pitiable shape. After the incident of a PU student being injured by the bricks falling off from the roof of a bus shelter, the UT Administration still seems to be waiting for another mishap.
People complain that it is difficult to stand under the scorching heat. Some shelters have half-broken roofs where the bricks are in a decrepit state, providing little protection from heat and rain. Often, beggars use the shelters for sleeping. Route maps highlighting the bus arrival timings are in a tattered condition and almost covered with posters.
Neeraj Gupta, a daily commuter from Sector 15, said, “I don’t understand why the Chandigarh Administration is not taking care of the bus stops. They are in such a vulnerable state that stray dogs are seen to be more than commuters.”
Bus stops at sectors 11, 15, 16, 36, and 42 among others do not have fixed chairs in place.
Dinesh Kukreja, a resident of Karnal, said, “I have always heard Chandigarh being called the City Beautiful. However, it has been difficult for me to travel in the city as I have no idea about the sectors and there are no route maps displayed at the bus stops.”
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking has 320 air-conditioned and non-airconditioned buses in the city. It also provides facility of bus passes to students and government/private employees. Around 15,660 passes were made between April 2013 and March 2014.
Lalit Yadav, a resident of Sector 22, said, “Bus shelters are not just waiting area for commuters, but a place that makes them aware about the city’s transport system. I see many people standing near the bus stops unaware about the routes.”
An official of the Engineering department said ‘dangerous’ bus stands were being identified. These would either be demolished or repaired depending on the condition.