Buses passed to ISBT from Mithapur booth | Patna News

PATNA: All inter-district buses started to run from the newly constructed Patliputra Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Bairiya on the Patna-Gaya road, instead of the Mithapur bus stop, from Saturday .
More than 360 buses for seven districts – Gaya, Nalanda, Nawada, Jamui, Sheikhpura, Lakhisarai and Jehanabad – have transferred their operations to ISBT. According to sources, more than 3,000 buses can run daily from the ISBT. CM Nitish Kumar opened the ISBT in September of last year, but buses started operating from there in June of this year.
District administration officials said a total of 1,320 buses were running from the ISBT until 5 p.m. on Saturday. DPRO Pramod Kumar said in a statement that unlike the facilities at Mithapur Bus Station, ISBT has most of the public facilities including toilets, drinking water, help desk, 10 cameras. closed circuit television, 60 security guards and other measures in place.
However, several bus operators protested at the Mithapur bus stop in the morning, claiming there were problems switching to ISBT. Bihar Motor Transport Federation District Chairman Chandan Singh said, “We are forced to move. Bairiya is far too far from the airport and the city’s main train stations. There is less space and literally nothing better compared to Mithapur bus stop.
Mukesh Yadav, a bus owner, told this newspaper: “Why go to a dangerous space? There is no police station there. It is also close to a residential area, which only adds to the insecurity of our passengers. Even the drivers and conductors are not offered living space there.
Bittu, a bus driver, was also unhappy with the officials because he believed it was unfair to passengers in general. “The Mithapur bus stop is blamed for the congestion. Why aren’t the authorities doing the necessary work to get rid of the problem, instead of asking us to move elsewhere?
Another bus driver said: “The government’s offer of better facilities in Bairiya is the same as we were promised before we left Hardinge Park for Mithapur. Have our conditions improved? No. So how can we trust them when we already know the truth. The Mithapur bus stop remained crowded despite three exit gates. The new bus station has only one entry point and one exit point.
Gajendra Kumar, a trader who watches with despair as the buses leave Mithapur for good, told this newspaper: “The area is being emptied and our life will be miserable. After being here for over 20 years, I will have to look for another job to feed my family. It is disheartening to deal with this situation, especially during the time of Covid. Why does the government never think of people like us?

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