JAMMU: Constructed for the benefit of commuters travelling by public transport, passenger sheds in the city are serving only the beggars and hawkers these days, as they have set up their businesses there. Moreover, on weekends these passenger sheds serve as Sunday Open Markets for vendors.
These passenger sheds constructed by Jammu Municipal Corporation have either been encroached upon by beggars and hawkers or blocked by fruit-sellers who place their kiosks right in front of these sheds.
Most sheds have been rendered useless for daily commuters, who use the public transport system to reach their destinations every day. Commuters allege that the sheds have been constructed at spots were passengers generally do not wait for vehicles, for example passenger shed constructed at Shalamar and Indira Chowk; no mini bus stops here and instead these mini buses stop just in front of the SMGS gate. Many other examples are there and commuters believe it is just wastage of land and money and nothing else.
Sugandh Sharma, a student of Parade College said, “I do not think these passenger sheds are of any use as no mini bus operator stops there. The passenger shed at the back side of Women College Parade is live example of such wastage. No mini bus stops there and moreover, one finds stray animals and beggars resting there. I do not understand if authorities cannot maintain these sheds for what purpose have they constructed it. Moreover, that route is not for matadors then why have they constructed it there just to waste our hard earned money?”
“These stops have turned out to be a waste of money, as these are not being utilised for the purpose they were constructed. In turn, these sheds have become a resting place for beggars and hawkers and stray animals,” said Shrwani Sharma, another college student.
Meenu Kamal, a working lady and a resident of Shalamar shared, “Passenger sheds are of no use in reality. I really want to stop there and wait for the vehicle but all in vain, as neither the passengers nor the matador drivers pay any attention towards these stops and it is a mere wastage of money and space. Rather they provide free space to the vendors, beggars and stray animals. These sheds are just adding to the miseries of people and nothing else.”
Constructed at different places to streamline traffic system in Jammu, these passenger sheds just seem to await their utilisation by the real users i.e passengers. But it is unfortunate that most of them are occupied by vendors, hawkers, beggars and stray animals. The need of the hour is to look for the utilisation of these passenger sheds. Proper maintenance and stringent laws need to be implemented by the Traffic Department to set the things right.
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