Modernisation of Baramunda bus stand in the Smart city Bhubaneswar into an Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) will be completed by 2019 end. With the work scheduled to begin soon, it has been targeted to finish within 15 months.
To accommodate building height restrictions, the design for Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) Baramunda is being revised and the earlier floated tender for construction of ISBT has been cancelled.
The new design shall prove to be a landmark while addressing all requirements of citizens. The state of the art facility will comprise commercial, office and retail spaces, Multi-Level Car Parking and open public space.
The ISBT will also have all modern amenities including passenger information centre, passenger pick up and drop off facilities, prepaid auto and taxi service, etc. The entire complex would be equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity.
The proposed inter-state Bus Terminus at Baramunda has hit an execution hurdle with the state government not according final approval to the project in absence of “no-objection” and other certificates.
The Bhubaneswar Development Authority’s planning board, while discussing infrastructure projects in the city, found that the terminus project required no-objection certificates from the Airports Authority of India, department of environment and the fire services department.
The development authority itself has to acquire these certificates and submit those to the government, following which a final approval would be accorded and the executing agency allowed to start work. However, delays in submitting the certificates has become a stumbling block.
The tender for the terminus project was floated in March and the authorities planned to begin work by June. However, sources said the process was hanging in the balance as it could not proceed without the state government’s approval.