Nashik : “The transport department has decided to construct 41 bus ports in the state. Mela bus stand is the first project. This is a thing of pride for Nashik which is moving to becoming a smart city, but Maharashtra state transport department will construct one more international level bus port in Nashik.
We will now compete with private transporters. In addition, 1500 state-of-the-art buses will be ready to serve passengers within a span of one month,” announced state Transport Minister Divakar Raote.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis performed bhoomipoojan (land worship) of the bus port which will be constructed in the place of Mela bus stand. Raote was speaking on this occasion. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre, state Tourism Minister Jaykumar Raval, District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan and local people’s representatives were present in large numbers.
Divakar Raote said, “Since I took charge of the transport department, many major changes have taken place in the department. Officials were appointed at many places since start of transport corporation. They have been appointed at all these places. “Earlier, officials of the department used to construct bus stands by simply erecting four poles. The situation has changed now. Architects have been appointed to make revised plan at all these places. Previous government had given land of bus stands to private persons to develop them on build, operate and transfer basis. Though many were benefitted by this, transport department had suffered losses. BoT system has now been scrapped and transport department will itself develop them,” he made it clear.
International level bus ports will be constructed at 14 locations in the state and Raote said he wished to construct the first of these ports at Nashik. As no one had given serious attention to the transport department, it suffered losses. MSRTC has, however, taken a leap and is making progress. In addition, a theatre will be constructed at every bus stand to show Marathi movies, Raote informed further.
It was decided that MSRTC will contribute Rs. 5 crore towards loan waiver to farmers in the meeting of transport department, he declared. Home Guard development committee also announced that it will contribute a day’s payment towards the loan waiver. It also handed over a cheque of this amount to the Chief Minister.