Next year, a ride out of new-age transport hubs

Transport dept and DIMTS to redevelop three main ISBTs, plans in line with international standards

The city's three major inter-state bus terminals — Kashmere Gate, Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan — are in line for a makeover as the Transport department set the wheels rolling to ensure their massive refurbishment.

At present, the first phase of work is underway at Kashmere Gate — completion target is middle of next year; design plans for Anand Vihar have been sent to the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) for approval; and the process of tenders has been set in motion for Sarai Kale Khan, said a senior official of the Transport department.

"The idea is to develop transport hubs at the three terminals, connecting them with other modes of transport like the Metro and the railway stations," said R K Verma, Principal Secretary and Transport Commissioner.

The Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS) is working along with the Transport department to ensure that passenger facilities at these terminals are enhanced. Under the plan, the ISBTs will be linked directly to the adjoining Metro and railway stations through foot overbridges and travelators.

Estimated cost: Rs 125 cr Deadline: Mid-2011 (Phase-I), End of 2011 (Phase-II)

Established in 1976, the Maharana Pratap ISBT at Kashmere Gate is located in the heart of the Capital. The department has planned major redevelopment for the terminal at an estimated cost of Rs 125 crore. The work on the project is being undertaken in two phases.

"The contract for Kashmere Gate was awarded about two months ago and we found that work was a bit slow. We have asked the contractor to speed up as the deadline for the first phase has been set for mid-2011,"

The Phase-I will include renovation of all six floors in the existing building and upgradation of existing toilets in the departure and arrival block. The building is likely to get granite flooring. Officials said some of the food kiosks, which were planned for the first phase, have already been set up as part of the Commonwealth Games preparations. Escalators, elevators and foot overbridges to link the terminal to Metro station nearby will be installed.

On security front, a CCTV surveillance system, boom barriers, Building Management System and other security equipment will be put in place. The bus bay capacity of the ISBT will also be increased.

As part of the Phase-II — to complete by end of next year— three basements will be constructed in the new block to provide parking for 78 bus, 384 cars and 847 two wheelers.

After the phase its successfully completed, the Transport department may look at Phase-III to provide a 3 star hotel with 168 rooms on the premises.

Estimated cost: Rs 190 cr Deadline:2012

With the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station nearby and a proposed Metro station, this terminal will also be developed as a multi-modal transit center. The estimated cost for the redevelopment of the terminal is Rs 190 crore and the work is targeted for completion by 2012. Officials said the project design for this terminal has also been forwarded to the DUAC for approval.

The ISBT will be built on an area of 10 hectares and will have a 500-metre façade along the Outer Ring Road. The terminal will have separate entrances and exits for the buses, autos and taxis and a network of foot overbridges, escalators and elevators is also planned. Provision to build a hotel within the area will also be made.

Estimated cost: Rs 190 crDeadline: JULY 2012

A relatively new structure, the Anand Vihar ISBT is being planned as a multi-modal transit center that will integrate bus service, Metro and railways. The project is estimated to cost Rs 190 crore and the target deadline is July 2012. Officials said the design for the project has been cleared by the DDA and UTTIPEC and has now been sent to the DUAC for approval.

According to the plan, there will be separate entrances and exits for the buses, autos and taxis, officials said. A planned network of foot overbridges, escalators and elevators will allow easy and safe movement of pedestrians between the terminal, Metro and railway station. Development of commercial areas including a shopping arcade, restaurants, a food court and provision to build a hotel is expected to generate revenue for the terminal.

The parking lot will accommodate 207 buses, 171 autos, 27 taxis, 438 two-wheelers and 1,438 cars. The terminal was established in 1993.

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