Commuters bear brunt because of abeyance in BRTS operations

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Jun 2018 11:11:03


Staff Reporter


Hundreds of daily commuters in Naya Raipur faced a tough time on Wednesday as operations of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) buses were stopped for more than one and half hours for a mock drill near Uparwara, Naya Raipur ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Thursday.
A sixteen-year-old boy and heart patient Siddharth Prasad accompanied by his grandfather Laxman Prasad, hailing from Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh was forced to wait for over one and half hour at North Block Bus Shelter to catch BRTS bus to take his grandson to admit at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur. After two hours, when the BRTS bus reached the North Block, poor Laxman Prasad was forced to travel in a packed BRTS from North Block to DKS Bhawan.

Speaking to The Hitavada, Laxman Prasad said, “My grandson is suffering from heart ailment and is under treatment at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital. He was examined at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital on May 29 and prescribed medicines for two months. My grandson’s next date is on July 29. I along with my grandson came to Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital for his treatment as his health conditions deteriorated. He was brought to Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital but the doctors at the Hospital refused to admit him in the hospital, saying that they perform only operation, not treatment at the Hospital.”

On the advice of the medical staffs of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, Siddharth was being taken to AIIMS for treatment, Laxman Prasad added.The public transport in Naya Raipur is poor is what he has observed, Laxman said. Moreover, several daily commuters, who were going to their offices, were trapped and they reached their offices late. Several passengers reached the Raipur railway station late and when they reached the station the trains had already left for their next destination. The passengers alleged that the mismanagement of Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) exposed when the Naya city is in developing stage. The NRDA is not allowing the operations of the city buses between Sector-29-27 to Raipur Railway Station via Telibandha.

“The BRTS covers more space so it is difficult to turn. The BRTS buses are operated on a definite route. While the operation of the city buses can be made more frequent and viable,” he said.Several passengers procured ticket from the bus shelter at Sector-29 and Sector-27 and later they returned. The residents of Naya Raipur have demanded the NRDA to allow operations of city buses between Sector-27-29 and Raipur Railway Station
via Telibandha.