Bhubaneswar, Sept 26 (LocalWire): The State cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved Rs 160crore-worth inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) at Baramunda.
It will be a strategic state-of-the-art project for improving public transit system by integrating various modes of transport.
BDA is entrusted with the development of the project on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode on the basis of transparent bidding.
The Bridge and Roof Company India Limited, is the preferred bidder with negotiated offer of Rs 160,66,54,000. The project will be completed within two years or before with five years of maintenance and five years of liability period, said Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy.
The project involves interstate bus terminal (ISBT) at Baramunda and a bus depot at Khandagiri.
It will be a prestigious multi-modal transport hub, with a greater focus on intra-city, inter-city (intra-state) and inter-state bus service with terminal area and commercial area. Around 440 four wheelers can be parked at the terminal at a time, he said.
The ISBT will have commercial office space, retail space, multi-level car parking and open public space.
The terminal will ensure passenger pick-up and drop-off (PPUDO) facilities for private vehicles, pre-paid private vehicles, pre-paid auto rickshaws, taxis, cycle rickshaws, and taxi-aggregator vehicles such as Ola and Uber, said BDA officials.
The state-of-the-art project will also ensure Wi-fi connectivity, fire detection and fire fighting system, area-wide real-time parking information display system, passenger information display system, passenger announcement system, CCTV surveillance, water treatment system, use of alternate energy source like solar power, sewage treatment plant, effluent treatment plant for bus wash, elevators, escalators and building management system, the BDA officials said adding that it will have child-friendly and Divyang-friendly features.
At Baramunda more than 1,000 buses are using the terminal daily and it is a transport lifeline for thousands of commuters. The site is well connected with the nearby NH-16 with two wide and accessible roads.