ISBT com­plex far from com­ple­tion

Missed 2 dead­lines ear­lier; next is June 2013 for start­ing in­ter-state ser­vices from the new bus stand in Phase 6

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY - Shailee Dogra [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

SAS NA­GAR: Hav­ing missed dead­line twice due to changes in de­sign and non-avail­abil­ity of con­stric­tion ma­te­rial, the air­con­di­tioned in­ter-state bus ter­mi­nal (ISBT)-cum-com­mer­cial com­plex coming up in Phase 6 of SAS Na­gar is far from com­ple­tion.

It has been touted as the re­gion’s first air-con­di­tioned en­veloped ISBT – also known as Mo­hali junc­tion – and C&C Con­struc­tions, en­trusted with the project, aims to en­sure ply­ing of buses from there by June 2013 as per the new dead­line.

The first dead­line for the com­ple­tion of the project was Oc­to­ber 2011, which was later ex­tended to Novem­ber 2012.

Apart from a park­ing fa­cil­ity for 2,000 buses in the base­ment with au­to­mated park­ing sys­tem, the com­plex would also house a four-star ho­tel with 150 rooms and a mul­ti­plex with 10 screens.

Go­ing into 2012 as­sem­bly elec­tion with a devel­op­ment agenda, Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal pres­i­dent and deputy chief min­is­ter Sukhbir Singh Badal had made num­ber of vis­its to per­son­ally re­view the progress of the project and was keen on get­ting buses to be­gin op­er­a­tional from the in­ter-state bus ter­mi­nal by Oc­to­ber 2011. How­ever, the project is far from over.

Now, com­pany of­fi­cials are strug­gling hard to en­sure that they en­sure move­ment of busses from ISBT by June 2013, in the first phase. The ho­tel, of­fice-cum-com­mer­cial tower and he­li­pad on rooftop would be con­structed later on. The cost of the project is slated to go up by 10-15% due to dead­line over­run.

As per the ap­proved de­sign, the walls of en­closed pas­sen­ger con­course would have safety glass glaz­ing so that the move­ment of buses could be vis­i­ble from in­side. The pas­sen­ger con­course would have re­mote cen­sored glass doors in front of each bus bay. An ac­cess would be pro­vided from the pas­sen­ger con­course to other fa­cil­i­ties on the com­plex through es­ca­la­tors and el­e­va­tors.

Pas­sen­ger con­course would have fa­cil­i­ties for hand­i­capped per­sons and other fa­cil­i­ties such as bus sched­ule mon­i­tor­ing along with con­trol tower, high-tech se­cu­rity sys­tem, bus sched­ule/in­for­ma­tion dis­play, smart card op­er­ated com­put­erised tolling sys­tem, bag­gage trol­leys to fa­cil­i­tate pas­sen­gers move their lug­gage,

I have asked the com­pany to sub­mit the new dead­line to com­plete the ISBT and the sched­ule of con­struc­tion

AK SINHA chief ad­min­is­tra­tor,

GMADA

cloak rooms, food courts, rest rooms, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment like games, TVs, restau­rants, bank ATMs, phone booths, lo­ca­tion maps, in­for­ma­tion on tourist des­ti­na­tions and the city.

The state-of-the-art in­ter­state bus ter­mi­nal would be the first ever cen­trally air-con­di­tioned in­ter­state bus ter­mi­nus in the re­gion.

The highly suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional tem­plate is be­ing used for the first time in In­dia for this project and the en­tire ter­mi­nus would have wi-fi fa­cil­ity as well.

The new ter­mi­nus would be en route buses bound for north­ern Pun­jab, Hi­machal Pradesh and Jammu and Kash­mir with wider roads on all sides.

It would re­place the present bus stand in Phase 8, which is in bad shape and not vis­ited by a ma­jor­ity of buses ply­ing be­tween Chandigarh, Pun­jab, HP and Jammu and Kash­mir.

“The project is be­hind sched­ule and the com­pany is claim­ing to make it op­er­a­tional by the sec­ond quar­ter of 2013. I have asked them to sub­mit the new dead­line and sched­ule of con­struc­tion,” said AK Sinha, chief ad­min­is­tra­tor, GMADA.

GURMINDER SINGH/HT

A view of the un­der-con­struc­tion In­ter-State Bus Ter­mi­nus in Phase 6 of SAS Na­gar.

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