“Thousands of people throng at me and travel to their destinations day in and day out. For so many years I have been bridging the gap between urban and rural. It may be any season of the year, but for me my priority is set, serve thy countrymen. When I was made years back I was the main landmark people used to assign. But now my importance has been ablated. If you want blame it on my owners or people running the show.
Do you know by now who I am? I am CBT, Central Bus stand.
And the pitying state of Belgaum CBT is alarming and no one is bothered to look into this which adds to the apathy of the visitors and travelers.
In September 2013, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy has said that hi-tech bus station would be built in Belgaum at a cost of Rs. 30 crore.
The development plan for the Belgaum central bus stand are on papers since 2009 and even tenders were floated but there were no takers for the same.
The said Bus stand has now achieved a worst and miserable situation. Being Belgaumites and other people’s major transportation convenience and prime place of importance at the heart of city, it would have caught greater attention and importance of administrators for improvements. They could have made it digitalized, highly sophisticated, clean and advanced Bus Stand. Instead, it seems to have become derelict, untouchable object for administrators concern.
It’s congested inconvenient location, unsurfaced and pondful roads, unscientific and unsuitable vehicular traffic and foul smelling dirty toilets have made it a third class and disgusting place to use. The poor maintenance of the roads aggravates the problem especially in the rainy season. Due to the broken toilet sewer pipes, the foul smelling sewage water flows throughout the roads of the bus stand, showing the un awakable reluctance of the concerned authorities. The localities claim it has been that way since many years and they say nothing is going to happen in future also in frustration with the irresponsibility of the elected representatives.
The fast moving tyres of the buses shoot the stones which are abundantly generated from the spoiled roads towards nearby passengers injuring their body and destroying their valuables have caused a great threat to the passengers. The passengers who come from other states or other countries have horrified to see the condition of the Bus Stand whereas localities have become used to it by force. It presents a clear danger to the public health, safety and esteem. We hope and pray the concerned may wake up and take swift action.
The lack of parking space for two wheelers at the Central Bus stand is causing a lot of adversity to the commuters. Chaos rules the two-wheeler parking lot in Belgaum central bus stand with the number of vehicles growing rapidly. It is common to see riders, unable to take out their vehicles, fighting with the attendants because of haphazard parking.