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SP activists protest against new hi tech buses before the formal inauguration
A day before the formal inauguration of the first hi-tech bus station at Alambagh by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Samajwadi Party activists tried to forcefully throw open it for the public on Monday.
Around 50 SP activists thronged Alambagh bus stand on Monday morning claiming that former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was behind this hi-tech bus stand and he should be given credit for it. They also distributed sweets among the people present there but were dispersed by the police later.
Meanwhile, state BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak alleged that the SP was trying to unleash anarchy in the state.
“Akhilesh Yadav plundered the government bungalow he occupied and is now saying that he will return the missing items. This shows the integrity of SP leaders “ he said while condemning the attempts of SP workers of forcibly inaugurating the bus station.
“The government is a permanent institution and development is a continuous process. One government lays the foundation of a project while another inaugurates it. What SP leaders did in Alambagh is pure gimmick,’’ commented the BJP leader.
Built at a cost of about Rs 235 crore by a private developer, Alambagh station has many firsts to its credit in UP.
Transport Commissioner, P Guruprasad said in Lucknow on Monday that once the station became operational, all AC buses would operate from there.
“In its full capacity, the new station could handle 750 buses daily. The station has a restaurant, air-conditioned waiting hall, WiFi facility, base for 50 buses and an underground parking for another 50 buses. The station will have a cafeteria, ramps for differently abled passengers and modern toilets,” the Transport Commissioner said.
“A mall is under construction on the ground floor of the two-storeyed station. There will be an eight-storey building having a multiplex and a hotel also. The bus station will be maintained by the developer for 32 years,” he added.
UP State Road Transport Corporation plans to shift operation of about 60 per cent of its fleet from Charbagh and Kaiserbagh stations to the renovated Alambagh station.
Buses to Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh and other west UP districts will operate from Alambagh while buses to eastern districts like Gorakhpur will continue to ply from Charbagh station. Operations from Alambagh bus station has been closed for more than a year ago and all buses have been plying from Charbagh resulting in congestion in the area.
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