People can now experience the contemporary bus stop
To make public transport in Thimphu comfortable, efficient and desirable for commuters, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) inaugurated a model bus stop in Changjiji , last Monday. The event also witnessed the launch of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) feasibility report – an action plan for improving urban transport in Thimphu.
To make commuters more comfortable the government built a new bus stop where commuters can seat and wait until the arrival of the city buses.
Around 48 commuters are expected to accommodate in the new bus stop as per the calculation is made by Ministry of information and communications.
The new bus stop has unique features of roof is designed like leave to signify the country’s environment policy. The reason of constructing bus stop is to avoid traffic conflict while dropping and picking up the commuters on the highways.
The steel pillar which holds the roof on one side of the pillar has been used to display a map to show the location of the bus stop and route network. More over to monitor and keep records of the any accidents during travel, surveillance camera are also being installed .
Providing such facili- ties is to encourage women and children to take a ride during night time safely. So far timing and frequency of the buses are yet to be set..
In the future the Ministry will also install free WIFI at the bus stop. The project manager and the head of the finance and administration under the MOIC, Sonam Dendup said, “These kinds of facilities will have direct and significant impact on changing the model shift from private cars to public transportation in future.”
The bus stop is constructed by Construction Development Corporation Ltd which cost Nu. 900,000 but architect, Phil McMaster said that 30% of the cost went into the training its workers. However he designed the construction for free.
Thimphu city itself has 105 bus stops and World Bank will be funding 77 more upcoming bus stops. The costs of constructions are expected to go down in future by 40 to 50% as the workers are now experienced how to construct the models.
Dasho Kinley Dorji, the Secretary for the Ministry of Information and Communications said “the model bus stop will not be a final design.” However the Thimphu Thromde and the Ministry will also be open for public feedback on the model bus stop.
“The ministry is committed to constructing bus stops in all the 105 remaining loca- tions within the next few years,” said DN Dhungyel, Minister of MOIC.
The Minister said there are more than 76000 vehicles in the Bhutan today considering Thimphu itself has more than half of number. Capital is already congested which seems to be very complicated in future if government don’t take any actions.
At present Thimphu city has 34 buses with an additional 18 buses expected under World Bank support to come soon. The Thrompon said that addition of 18 buses won’t be enough. He said to have at least 30 more buses.
The upcoming project is expected to start by next mid of the year.