Plans to re­vamp bus de­pot hit hur­dle

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­

The fate of ren­o­va­tion of the Pan­vel bus de­pot hangs in bal­ance with state trans­port min­is­ter Di­wakar Raote stat­ing ear­lier this year that bus de­pots in the state will not be de­vel­oped on build, op­er­ate and trans­fer ba­sis. He said that ST will in­crease its in­come and it­self de­velop mod­ern de­pots.

The state trans­port depart­ment had pro­posed to ren­o­vate the Pan­vel bus de­pot on buil­d­op­er­ate- trans­fer ( BOT) ba­sis. It had in­vited bids but Raote’s state­ment has left the ren­o­va­tion plans on hold.

ST had pro­posed to de­velop a five- storey build­ing on 3,860 sq me­tres plot out of 17,870 sq me­tres plot of Pan­vel bus de­pot and bus stops.

The ground floor will be spread ove r 2,700 square me­tres, first floor 460 sq me­tres and sec­ond, third, fourth floors 200 sq me­tres. The devel­op­ment plan also in­cludes con­struc­tion of bus stops and com­mer­cial com­plex, build­ing over 10,000 sq me­tres to house em­ploy­ees.

Ac­cord­ing to the ST pro­posal, the empty land of the de­pot would be given to a builder for devel­op­ment. The galas in com­mer­cial com­plex would be given to the de­vel­oper for 30 years to re­cover the con­struc­tion cost.

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