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Monday, 30 November 2020

8 years on, Palwal ISBT hanging fire

Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Palwal, November 29

The construction of the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Palwal proposed in 2012, when the Congress was in power, is still hanging fire.

The ISBT was planned at a location where the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway ended. It would have allowed commuters to bypass the traffic of Delhi and NCR to reach their destinations in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

"Had the ISBT been constructed, it would have reduced inter-state bus traffic in Delhi and NCR," said an official of the Transport Department.

Another official said local leaders had made several promises about the construction of the ISBT, but the project failed to take shape, leading to the speculation whether or not the plan had been shelved.

"The ISBT could have benefited city commuters as well as long-distance travellers. Long-route buses could have bypassed congested roads via Faridabad and Delhi," he added.

The present bus stand, which is located in the centre of the city, does not serve long-distance travellers as buses starting from here do not ply on the KMP and KGP expressways. At present, the bus stand, which is under renovation, is serving up to 5,000 commuters daily.

When contacted, Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma said he would enquire about the status of the ISBT from the authorities concerned. Deputy Commissioner Naresh Narwal's response was no different.

from The Tribune

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