MSRTC ignores CM’s Mor Bhavan directives

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has continued to neglect the directives of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and also chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya on Mor Bhavan bus stand issue. MSRTC has not executed its agreement with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) despite orders given a year ago.

All city buses were supposed to run from Mor Bhavan bus stand situated in Sitabuldi instead of Amravati Road and North Ambazari Road. Also, city buses were supposed to be parked within Mor Bhavan bus stand instead of being parked on the two roads at night.

To improve the city bus service, and also to comply with the High Court’s directives to ease traffic congestion in Sitabuldi, Fadnavis had directed MSRTC to permit NMC to run all city buses from Mor Bhavan. The state’s high level committee headed by Kshatriya held a meeting in February last year and directed MSRTC to execute agreement with the NMC.

An NMC official told TOI that the agreement was yet to be executed. “NMC submitted a draft of the agreement to MSRTC following the directives of the committee headed by Kshatriya in December 2015. NMC had sought MSRTC’s lease to construct eight bus platforms in Mor Bhavan bus stand and operation of all buses and parking during night at minimal rate. Lease has been sought till NMC constructs its own city bus terminal. MSRTC agreed but failed to execute the agreement,” the official said.

It has in fact, allowed construction of eight platforms in Mor Bhavan bus stand without executing the agreement. NMC has constructed two platforms and started operation of buses from it but not all. The process to construct remaining six platforms is on. But the city buses are not parked inside Mor Bhavan bus stand and continued to park on two roads during the night.

MSRTC Nagpur division controller Rajiv Ghatole did not respond to TOI’s call.

Meanwhile, the NMC has submitted proposal with the state government seeking possession of 2.44 hectares land situated behind Mor Bhavan bus stand at nominal rate. The land is owned by the Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) which has given a no-objection-certificate to the NMC for taking over the land. NMC had planned to develop city bus terminal with 11 platforms on the land and operate all buses from the proposed terminal, along with night parking of the bus.

Also, NMC had started the process to construct a 12-meter wide road behind Mor Bhavan bus stand connecting Amravati road with North Ambazari road along with proposed city bus terminal.

The tussle between the NMC and MSRTC is going on since 2007 when the city bus service was taken over by NMC from MSRTC. MSRTC used to run the city buses from Mor Bhavan bus stand but denied to hand over the same to NMC.


[SOURCE :-indiatimes]

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