The private bus operators in Mohali have started using an open space right outside the office of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) as the parking space for the vehicles.
Despite having new bus stand in Phase VI, built on a cost of whopping Rs 350 crore, the bus operators are still using the old bus stand in Phase VIII.
“We did not have a parking space in Phase VIII. Last month, we were asked to shift the buses from the old bus stand to the new one as the buses are being parked along the main road. But then we started parking the buses in the vacant space,” a bus driver said.
The new bus stand is only being used by some government buses. Despite the bus operators using the land outside the PUDA office, the district administration and the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) have not taken any action.
“The open space outside PUDA office is in the center of the city. If the buses are plying from here, it will also hamper the smooth flow of traffic. The buses could neither be parked here nor ply from the old bus stand,” a GMADA officer told Chandigarh Newsline on condition of anonymity.
State Transport Authority (STA) officials said that if any such thing is happening they will take necessary action.
The Regional Transport Officer, Mohali Sukhwinder Kumar said that he will look into the matter and take action against the bus operators in case they ply from the old bus stand.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Girish Dayalan who is also holding the additional charge of GMADA’s Chief Administrator (CA), was not available for comments.