THE INAUGURATION of the much-delayed project of Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), as the Greater Mohali Area Development (GMADA) is yet to take possession of the project due to a pending contract cancellation notice against the company executing the project.
Sources in GMADA said the company had been asked to first get the notice quashed by a competent authority before handing over the possession.
Only the Deputy Chief Minister, who is also chairman of Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), and the transport secretary have the authority to quash the notice.
“Technically, GMADA cannot take the possession of the ISBT without quashing of the notice. The firm might have completed the work but they have to complete all the formalities,” said a official who did not wish to be named.
The GMADA issued a notice to C and C company which is constructing the ISBT for delays in the completion of the project earlier this year. The notice was not quashed yet and the company claimed that it has completed the tower A and handed over to GMADA.
The ISBT, which is named after Sikh martyr Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, will have a capacity of plying 1,900 buses every day for 24 hours from the terminal.
A team of department of transport visited the site on August 16 and the site was handed over to GMADA last month. The representatives of the company said the construction work was completed and now it was up to the government to start operations.
When the ISBT is made operational, buses coming from Chandigarh and Phase VIII bus stand will halt at the bus stand and the commuters will get all the long-route buses for Punjab and Himachal Pradesh from the ISBT.
The project was to be completed in 2010 but it was delayed due to one or the other reason. Now the company has completed only one tower. The other two towers, the company said, would be ready by the year-end.
Chief Manager of C and C Constructions, Colonel (Rtd.) CVS Sehgal, however, said they had completed the work and now it was up to the government that when to inaugurate the project.