Voters express concern over poor public transport in Amritsar


Amritsar, May 29

With the election campaign in its final stages, the long-standing demand of citizens to relocate Amritsar ISBT outside the city was raised before candidates such as BJP’s Taranjit Singh Sandhu Samundri, SAD’s Anil Joshi, SAD(A)’s Imaan Singh Mann, AAP’s Kuldeep Dhaliwal and Congress’ Gurjit Aujla. At a public meeting led by CII along with several organisations and members of civil society, the issue of relocating ISBT outside the city was featured in the vision document presented to various political candidates. The relocation will help in easing traffic congestion and last-mile road connectivity for commuters.

Though Punjab’s interstate highways are well developed, the Amritsar ISBT falls short in providing last-mile connectivity and viable local commuting for tourists and locals alike, and continues to create traffic congestion nightmares for commuters, given overcrowding on buses and lack of room for expansion.

The relocation of ISBT to Valla was proposed in 2015 and the then government along with former provincial legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu had tried to facilitate the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) prepared by the Punjab Regional Infrastructure Development Corporation (PMIDC), which had proposed relocating ISBT outside the city for infrastructure development.

While the Amritsar International Airport and railway station have been improved with infrastructure development and expansion, the bus terminal remains neglected.

Currently located on GT Road in the heart of the city, construction of a flyover for the Amritsar-Jalandhar flyover has not been a solution to ease traffic congestion in the area. The current bus stand is surrounded by several commercial centres and hotels, which see heavy traffic throughout the day. Government officials felt that shifting the bus stand would create space for buses plying under the city bus service plan.

Another related demand for improved road connectivity in the city is the underutilisation of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), which remains stalled since last year. Lacking last-mile connectivity for locals and tourists from the city to Attari border, from the airport to the city centre and from all tourist destinations to the city, the BRTS was never fully conceptualised in line with its vision and potential. Lack of public transport connectivity in the city is the biggest pain point for the tourism industry and poses a major problem for the city’s lacking traffic management. — TNS

Flyover fails to save

  • The construction of the Amritsar-Jalandhar flyover has also not been a solution to ease traffic congestion in the area, with traffic jams remaining around the current bus stand, which is home to the commercial hub and several hotels, throughout the day.
  • While the Amritsar International Airport and railway station have been improved with infrastructure development and expansion, the bus terminal remains neglected.


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