Thane’s SATIS to get air­port-like makeover

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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