RAHIM YAR KHAN:
The construction of a new Lorry Ada, worth more than Rs20 million, has not been completed in Rahim Yar Khan despite the passage of three years. Due to the delay in the construction of the terminal, public transporters and passengers are facing severe hardships.
A survey by Express News revealed that after eliminating the bus stop at Rahim Yar Khan’s entry and exit road – Ada Khanpur – the foundation stone of a new Lorry Ada project was laid during the tenure of the last government. The site of the said project is located near Neher Adam Sahaba, Theli Chowk and covers nine acres of land.
Under the project, a bus terminal, passenger house and washrooms were to be constructed at the new Lorry Ada.
However, after completion of 80% of development work on the scheme, the remaining construction ground to a halt due to the lack of funds.
As Rahim Yar Khan is situated at the border of Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan, it is considered a district of interprovincial trade.
More than 3,000 passenger buses leave the district for journeys across the country and the delay in constructing the new lorry stand has affected commuters and public transporters.
The paucity of development funds and incompletion of the project has not only raised its cost, but the unattended structure is crumbling further with each passing day.
Authorities concerned only managed to build the passenger house, while the washrooms could not be constructed. Similarly, benches could not be provided and the terminal itself is incomplete.
When contacted, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Secretary Riyasat Ali told Express News that funds worth Rs1 million have been released for the construction of the New Lorry Ada. He added the government is making efforts to complete the project at the earliest.