Aging Bhatkal bus terminal collapses

Source: S O News service | Published on 17th July 2018, 2:00 PM | Coastal News |

Bhatkal: A 40-years-old bus terminal in Bhatkal was collapsed on Monday afternoon. Luckily none were injured in the incident, as there were no passengers or buses in the terminal at the time of the incident and the shops were also closed.

With the timely action of the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) officials, a big tragedy was averted. NWKRTC staff had noticed cracks near the canteen wall on Sunday itself. As a precautionary measure, the staff had vacated that part of the building and had cordoned it off with ribbons. Following heavy rain on Sunday night, the walls had grown weaker and on Monday, part of it collapsed at 12:45 in the noon.

The canteen in the terminal was vacated about a month ago and other shops, including mobile recharge and bakery, continued of function from the building. Following heavy rain on Sunday, cracks were developed in the ceiling of the building. Following this, the NWKRTC officials directed all the shops to vacate immediately and prevented the entry of buses into the stand, hence averted a major tragedy.

The remaining part of the building has also become weak. To avoid damage to life and property, the buses are being parked outside the bus stand and remaining part of the building has been demolished using two JCB's. 

Soon after the incident, the video of the building collapse went viral on social media.

Tahsildar V N Badkar who visited the spot soon after the incident said that the engineers from Sirsi had inspected the bus stand building and had instructed the NWKRTC officers to vacate the premises.

Tahsildar told that the construction of a new hi-tech bus terminal near the old terminal is underway for the last two months and Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for the purpose.

Depot Manager Y K Banuvalikar said that the construction of the new building was in progress and till then, temporary arrangement will be made for the passengers and the buses.

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