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