With the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) on Thursday presenting the concept design for the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) and its renovation at Baramunda to the State Government, the long-awaited renovation plan of the largest bus-stand of the capital, should soon get underway.
The concept design has been prepared by Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS), which had won the bid for the architectural design and market assessment studies of the ISBT at Baramunda, during September last. The project would cost over Rs 180 crore.
The Baramunda ISBT, which is going to be developed over a land of more than 15 acres, will have a 4-acre patch reserved for commercial development in future. However, the rest of the area (more than 11 acres) earmarked for the prestigious multi-modal transport hub, with a greater focus on intra-city, intercity (intra state) and interstate bus services, would mainly have a terminal area and commercial area.
In the designed concept, the terminal area of 9,839 square metres would comprise a ground and three floors while the commercial area of 21,350 square metres will have a ground floor and five floors besides a basement parking, which would have a capacity to hold 300 ECS or equivalent car space. The construction of the ISBT is likely to start by June and the Phase-I completion of the project would be by June 2019.
The design components for the ISBT project, would, however integrate mixed land use development with commercial office space, retail space, multi-level car parking and open public space. The terminal -up and drop-off (PPUDO) facilities for private vehicles, pre-paid private vehicles, pre-paid auto rickshaws, taxis, cycle rickshaws, and taxi-aggregator vehicles such as Ola and Uber will ensure passenger pick.
Not only exclusive transport service but as per the plan, the ISBT project will also ensure Wi-Fi connectivity, fire detection and fire fighting system, area-wide real-time parking information display system, passenger information display system, passenger announcement system, CCTV surveillance, water treatment system, use of alternate energy source like solar power, sewage treatment plant, effluent treatment plant for bus wash, elevators, escalators and building management systems in it.
The terminal will be designed in such a manner that everyone would will have easy access to it, including those with mobility limitations. That apart, the facility would also have child-friendly features and design elements.
While the design solution will include the possibilities of integrating future mass transport facilities as well, other components like IPT, passenger information centre and parking for physically challenged and VIPs would also be ensured.
More than 1,000 buses are currently using the terminal daily, making it a transport lifeline for thousands of commuters. The site is well connected with the nearby NH-16 with two wide and accessible roads. The project, should therefore, ensure a convenient journey for all.