The new boundary wall at Sakchi bus depot on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jusco, the Tata Steel-owned subsidiary that looks after civic needs in the company’s command areas, has built toilets and boundary walls at Sakchi bus terminus to fulfil long-pending demands of passengers.
Construction of two toilets, one each for men and women, and 5feet walls at the terminus completed on Tuesday. While the boundary incurred a cost of nearly Rs 2 lakh, the toilets were built for a total of Rs 1.75 lakh.
Shikshit Berozgar Mini Bus Association, the outfit that co-ordinates the town bus service, welcomed the development.
“We are thankful to Jusco general manager (town services) Dhananjay Mishra for fulfilling our long-standing demands. The boundary is very important, especially for women passengers, to keep snatchers and rowdies at bay. There were instances when youths made passes at women and ran away before anyone could protest. The new boundary will help prevent such incidents,” Sanjay Pandey, general secretary of the association, said.
The main hub of road transport in the steel city, the 8,000sqft depot hosts a private fleet of 120 buses plying on over 14 routes across the city and records footfall of more than 1.5 lakh commuters daily.
Passengers, comprising 40 per cent women, had been facing problems owing to lack of toilets at the terminus, which was handed over to the East Singhbhum administration by Jusco for private town bus services in 2004.
According to sources, the depot had boundary walls and a water tap when Jusco had handed over the plot to the district administration. But, owing to the administration’s apathy and lack of maintenance the tap turned dry and the boundary collapsed.
Later, the bus association, on its own, arranged for two taps and a water cooler, while former Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar funded constriction of a passengers’ shed last year. Finally, after repeated pleas, the Jusco took the initiative and built the toilets and the boundary.
Madhumita Arora, a Golmuri-based schoolteacher and regular to the bus depot, was happy to see the new boundary and the toilets. “The terminus is now more secure and passenger-friendly,” she added.
Civic body officials revealed that there were plans to level the uneven ground at the terminus by laying bricks. “Women and senior citizens often stumble over the uneven ground and potholes. The levelling work, which is likely to commence after the monsoon is over, will help prevent such incidents,” said Pandey.