Berhampur, Oct 2 (LocalWire): After three years of its inauguration, the modern bus-terminal at Haladiapadara, on the outskirts of Silk City, has started to function from today.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the bus-terminal along with bus depot, constructed by the Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) in February 2016.
In the first phase, all the buses belonging to Odisha State Road Transport Corporation and other state government buses will ply through the new bus stand at Haladiapadara, said BeDA vice chairman Chakravarti Singh Rathore.
The other private buses, however, will operate through the present city bus stand, he said.
For the convenience of bus passengers, BeDA will also start shuttle services from the new bus terminal, about 12 kms away from the city bus stand.
‘Ten more town buses will shuttle from Haladiapadara.
These buses will operate in different routes in and outskirt the city via city bus stand, he said.
Before starting operating the new bus stand, the district administration had held a meeting with the bus operators.
‘At present we will not force private operators to use the Haladiapadara bus terminal,’ said Chakravarti.
All the bus operators, were however, asked to stop their vehicles at the designated bus stops inside the city for traffic convenience or else they would be penalised, he warned.
Last year, the district administration had taken an initiative to start operating the new bus depot but since private operators opposed the move strongly, it was not possible.
The private bus owners association felt it would be an expensive deal to travel to the new bus terminus that was away from the town.
They also felt that the location was not suitable as it was next to the National Highway.
They felt they would meet with accidents when the vehicle hit the highway.