Thane’s SATIS to get airport-like makeover
The SATIS project will soon spot an airport-like look if all goes as per the Thane Municipal Corporation’s plans.
The corporation has hired a private agency to beautify the project, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, to welcome people coming to the city from the railway station.
The corporation completed the SATIS project streamlining the traffic near the station area in 2010. The upper deck of the bridge is meant for buses, the lower for autorickshaws and small vehicles. However, apart from this arrangement, there are no additional facilities for the commuters on this bridge.
“Our prime focus is providing facilities to the people at SATIS and then improving its aesthetic. At present there no washrooms or drinking water The Thane Municipal Corporation completed the SATIS project streamlining the traffic near the station in 2010.
facilities for the commuters or the bus and auto rickshaw drivers. The light arrangements are poor while the bus stops are in bad condition,” said an officer requesting anonymity.
The beautification will
first focus on installing seating arrangements for senior citizens and other commuters. There will be washrooms along with drinking water facilities, and tea or coffee shops on the upper deck. An announcement system playing soft music will also be installed.
“The lights on the lower deck are dim and we will change them with high power lamps. We will install huge LED screen to give social messages, while a map of the city and bus schedules will be displayed for the outsiders’ aid,” the officer added.
“People should be able to differentiate SATIS from the railway station, and thus a five feet designer wall will be constructed between the two. There will be separate queue for women and men at the bus and auto stops,” he said.
Washrooms and rest rooms for the bus conductors and drivers along with the auto and taxi drivers will also be constructed. The agency will also paint the entire SATIS area, and install housekeeping and security staff. There will also be display boards to guide the people across the city.