ALGIERS – Three bus stations are due to be delivered during the first half of 2021 in the provinces of Ghardaïa, Illizi and Mascara, announced, Wednesday in Algiers, the Chairman and CEO (CEO) of the Algerian road station management company (Sogral), Youcef Tessa.
During a plenary session by members of the National People’s Assembly (APN) Transport, Communications and Telecommunications Commission, Mr. Tessa said that these bus stations, due to be delivered in 2021, will generate hundreds of job positions.
Regarding the new Algiers bus station, located at Bir Mourad Raïs, he said that “work on this station has started” without advancing the date of its delivery.
Currently, Sogral has 75 bus stations, he recalled.
Regarding preparations for the resumption of activity at the Caroubier bus station (Algiers), Mr. Tessa reported positive indicators for an imminent resumption of activity at this station, after approval by the authorized public authorities.
Sogral is ready to resume activity, within the framework of strict compliance with the health protocol adopted to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Referring to the losses due to the pandemic, the official said that the company had suspended its activities since March 22, 2020, thus, inducing a fall in turnover of 75%, a loss of 1.7 billion DA (… ). “Nevertheless, the company was able to preserve the jobs,” he continued.
In order to improve its services, the company has integrated the program for the digitization and modernization of bus station management methods, such as the electronic ticket reservation system, he precised.
The company is also working on the generalization of surveillance cameras at all stations in the next two to three years, as well as the modernization of the IT infrastructures and the registration system of the services in its stations, indicated the person in charge.
Calls for the construction of two new bus stations to the east and west of the capital
In the same vein, members of the parliamentary committee stressed the need to relieve congestion at the Caroubier bus station, through the construction of two new bus stations in the east and west of the capital.
Stressing that a single bus station in operation in Algiers is no longer sufficient, given the increased number of travelers, the members of the parliamentary committee insisted on the construction of two new bus stations for relieve the pressure on this station.
They also called for the creation of small hotels (motels) at or near bus stations to accommodate drivers and long-distance travelers.