Berhampur, July 17 (LocalWire): After three years of its inauguration, the Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) has finally decided to make operational the modern bus terminal along with the city bus depot at Haladiapadar on the outskirt of the Silk City.
The two projects were inaugurated by the chief minister Naveen Patnaik in February 2016.
“In the first phase, we have decided that all the buses of state-owned Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) and other state government buses will operate from the new bus stand in Haladiapadar,” BeDA vice chairman Chakravarti Singh Rathore said.
Rathore also informed that the BeDA will be make arrangements for sufficient city buses from Haladiapadar bus stand to the new bus stand.
Since the passenger buses have their permit to operate up till the new bus stand in Berhampur, they will need to change their route permit to the bus stand in Haladiapadar.
“As soon as they get their route permits changed, the modern bus stand will be made operational,” the BeDA vice chairman said, adding that in the first phase, no private operator would be forced to operate their vehicles from Haladiapadar.
He, however, said that all bus operators have been asked to stop their vehicles at the new bus stop site inside the city for convenience of the travelers and warned that operators who fail to follow the instruction will be penalised.
The district administration’s earlier attempt to make the modern bus stand in Haladiapadar operational did not take off due to strong opposition from the private operators.
The private bus-owners association had earlier stated that since the new bus terminal at Haladiapadara is around 12-km away from the town it would be expensive for bus operators to go there.
They also argued that the commuters would face a problem in reaching the town due to lack of busses from the new terminal to the town.
The Association had pointed out that the location of the bus stand was not suitable as it was located on the side of the National Highway and the local bus faced the threat of accident while entering the highway directly.
The new bus terminal has been built across 3.90-acres with an investment of Rs 12.87 crore, while the adjoining bus-depot was developed in over 2-acres of land at a cost of Rs 2.87 crore.