The BDA has begun the process to select an architecture and urban design consultant to develop the ambitious inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) at Baramunda in Bhubaneswar.
The plan requires the consultant to conduct a market assessment and develop a state-of-the-art bus terminal, which will have all necessary facilities for passengers. The aim is to provide convenient and easy transfer experience for commuters through a multi-modal approach.
The design components of the project will integrate mixed use of land, which will have a combination of commercial office space, retail space, multi-level car parking and open public space. The terminal will have passenger pick-up and drop-off facilities for private vehicles, pre-paid auto-rickshaws, taxis and cycle rickshaws.
“We have decided that Baramunda City Bus Terminus will have world-class passenger amenities. We held several meetings with various stakeholders and decided to take over the project in Baramunda,” said Krishan Kumar, vice-chairman of the BDA.
Baramunda bus terminal is the biggest such facility in the state spread over an area of about 15.5 acres. The terminal is used for both intercity and inter-state bus operations. Approximately 800 buses use the terminal every day as the site is well connected with the city and other areas through NH-5.
Proposed Features of ISBT
- Sources said the ISBT would be designed to integrate an efficient fibre-optic network, Wi-Fi connectivity, an area-wide, real-time parking information display system, coordinated transit information system for intra or inter-city bus services and a future mass transit system. It will also have provision for controlled access management to allow pro-active monitoring of the development, including CCTV surveillance.
- According to Telegraph India, the preliminary project suggests that the design of the new ISBT at Baramunda will be flexible enough to complement nearby areas, represent the state’s culture, architectural elements used in buildings and monuments of the state capital and be aesthetically appealing while establishing a unique identity for a modern urban centre.
- People with mobility limitations will have easy access to the bus terminal. The facility will also have child-friendly features and design elements, while all its nooks and corners adhere to universal accessibility guidelines for the entire project.
- The ISBT will have multi-level parking to serve the parking demand. The design solution will include the possibilities of integrating future mass transport facilities as well as other components such as Intermediate Public Transport in the form of bicycles, auto-rickshaws, taxis and car sharing, passenger information centre and parking for the specially-abled and VIPs.
The BDA officials said the tender papers would be available from July 27 till August 30. The development authority is planning a pre-bid meeting on August 9 and answer the queries of the bidders. If all goes according to plan, the authorities can begin the work by December. The selected bidder will get 180 days to complete the project.
Courtesy: The Telegraph