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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM (IST)

Work on new PRTC bus stand to take off soon

Work on new PRTC bus stand to take off soon
The site near the Rajpura road where new Inter-State Bus Terminal is likely to to come up in Patiala. photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 9

After being delayed for quite a long time, the much-awaited project of Patiala’s new Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), is likely to see the light of day. The project will be soon be getting a green signal for the setting up of the New ISBT in a meeting by Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) in the next 10 days. The state government had assigned the task of the project’s planning and execution to the PIDB.

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) is expected to get the principal approval in the next meeting. The officials said all formalities for the project have been cleared. Additional Deputy Commissioner, (ADC) Showkat Ahmad Parry that PIDB will be soon holding a meeting for the principal approval of the project after which tenders are likely to be floated. The meeting is expected to take place before June 20.

He said, “After the last meeting, there were some hiccups related to feasibility and mobility of various things which have been already cleared.” ADC said the project was on the right track. The PIDB had submitted the Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the state government for the clearance. However, the clearance of the report was delayed due to the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha Elections in March, this year. 

Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC)?chairman KK Sharma said the Detailed Project Report (DPR) was ready and waiting for any objections from the public.

He said, “We are ready with the report, we had given 15 days for any objections from the public on the project.” He further said the delay in the clearance of the DPR was due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections.

The district administration had already identified 8.5 acre land belonging to the Patiala Improvement Trust (PIT) on the Patiala-Rajpura road near Urban Estate for this project. Instead of spending money on purchasing land from the PIT, the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has bartered the land with trust.

PRTC’s earlier proposal rejected

With the earlier air-conditioned multi-storeyed inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) project failing to materialise due to legal hitches, the PRTC had submitted a proposal for construction of a new ISBT at the Rajpura Colony, but the state government had rejected the proposal.

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