11 yrs on, new bus stand yet to see light of day in Gurdaspur : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

11 yrs on, new bus stand yet to see light of day in Gurdaspur

11 yrs on, new bus stand yet to see light of day in Gurdaspur

The December 2021 deadline for the completion of the project has been extended several times.



Tribune News Service

Ravi Dhaliwal

Gurdaspur, September 17

Eleven years after the then Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal laid the foundation stone of the new bus stand in Gurdaspur, the venture is yet to see the light of day.

When Badal had laid the foundation stone in August, 2012, little would he have imagined that the project would perennially get mired in red tapism and politicking.

The list of politicians and bureaucrats involved in its planning and execution included two CMs, one Deputy CM, an MP, two MLAs and several DCs. As things stand out, it is turning out to be a classic case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.

In the beginning, the 5-acre site, acquired by the Improvement Trust (IT) for the project, remained mired in controversies for several years. The planners failed to take cognisance of a religious place located nearby. A committee headed by the DC was formed to look into the issue.

However, even after several months of its formation, the panel failed to come up with anything concrete. Some order to the chaos was brought when yet another committee, this time headed by Dy Director, Local Bodies, managed to find a solution.

Finally, after much dilly-dallying, tenders were called. In March 2012, a local contractor was given the assignment for Rs 14.92 crore with a mandate to complete the project by December 2021.

The deadline was extended on multiple occasions. Based on a technicality, the government released Rs 1.49 crore more for the project. The contractor was blacklisted after he again overshot the time limit. Now, he has been substituted by another contractor. The rigmarole goes on while residents continue to suffer.

DC Himanshu Aggarwal has now decided to get tough. He has warned the new contractor of any laxity.

“It is a money-spinning project and obviously everyone wants to milk the cow. The delay suits the interests of the stakeholders,” an official said.

The bottom-line is that nobody knows for sure when the first bus will move out from the stand.

Will ensure project’s completion soon: aap leader

Senior AAP leader from Gurdaspur, Raman Bahl, said he was coordinating with the government to ensure that the project gets completed soon. “In future, the completion of projects where public money is involved should be made time-bound,” he said.

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.

#Gurdaspur #Sukhbir Badal


Top News

Punjab police raid houses, hideouts of farm leaders ahead of PM Modi’s rallies in Gurdaspur, Jalandhar

Punjab Police arrest several farm leaders hours before PM Modi’s rallies in Gurdaspur, Jalandhar

Raids were conducted late Thursday night and in the wee hour...

Father of 5 girls, cuts open pregnant wife's stomach to check baby's gender; wife survives, baby boy dies

Father of 5 girls, cuts open pregnant wife's stomach to check baby's gender; wife survives, baby boy dies

Panna Lal-- who belonged to Uttar Pradesh's Badaun--was sent...

Bangladesh MP ‘honey-trapped’ before 'murder'; close friend paid Rs 5 crore to contract killers

Bangladesh MP ‘honey-trapped’ before 'murder'; close friend paid Rs 5 crore to contract killers

The killers mutilated the body, pealed flesh from bones and ...


Cities

View All