Equating facilities available at the revamped Maharana Pratap ISBT in Kashmere Gate with those at international airports,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said the real challenge would be in maintaining these facilities .
Dikshit inaugurated the upgraded,modern bus terminal the largest and oldest bus terminal in the country.
When we build something,we should also keep it clean and emphasise on its maintenance. Crores are spent on projects but,unfortunately,we dont spend so much on maintenance. But I have been assured by the chief secretary and the Transport department that the renovated ISBT will look the same even after ten years, Dikshit said.
When I went to our airport after its upgradation,I began thinking about upgrading facilities at ISBTs as they are also used by lakhs of people every day. The bus terminal has been under renovation for two-and-half years. The results are there for everyone to see, she said.
The renovation of Kashmere Gate ISBT,which caters to nearly two lakh passengers daily,began in July 2011. The terminal was partially shut to facilitate the work carried out by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS). The project,originally slated to be completed by November 2012,overshot the deadline. No change has been made to the basic design of this building.
According to the Transport department,maintenance of the building will for now be done by Delhi Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation through private contractors till a company is hired permanently.
Five hundred buses which were diverted to other ISBTs in Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar will start operating from here again by next week. According to Transport officials,there will not be any congestion in the area as proper arrival bays have been created for buses and encroachments around the ISBT have been removed.
The ISBT spread over 53,126 sqm was designed by Rajendra Kumar in the Le Corbusier style and built in 1976.
The renovated building has LCD screens in arrival,departure and ticket counter areas to display the schedule of buses. High speed WiFi is also available,besides a public address system for regular announcements, Managing Director of DIMTS,S N Sahai,said.
The departure block,waiting area and food court are air-conditioned. Around 90 CCTV cameras have been installed at the terminal.