Decks cleared for Noida’s state-of-the-art bus terminus
With the construction work getting underway, the decks were cleared for the state-of-the-art bus terminus project in Noida to finally take off. The bus terminus, proposed back in 2012, will be spread across <g data-gr-id="34">10-acre</g> land and will be situated in Sector 82 at an approximate cost of Rs 171 crore which will be borne by the Noida Authority itself.
Once operational, the terminus will improve the inter-state connectivity in the city and will reduce traffic congestion. Due to the unavailability of any bus terminus in the district, the daily passengers have to travel to the national Capital in order to avail to the <g data-gr-id="29">inter-state</g> bus facility.
Besides running between Noida and Greater Noida, the buses will ply their trade to neighbouring states like Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, with services starting for other states at later dates.
The terminus will facilitate the movement of at least 100 buses with private bus agencies also able to pick up passengers from there. Once the terminus is fully functional, the Noida authority will then hand it over to the State transport department.
According to the authority officials, the proposed terminus will be equipped with all basic facilities as well as the latest technologies.
“With its swanky look and modern facilities, such as an air-conditioned waiting lounge, glass elevators, escalators, food court, closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) and public information system, the terminus will be the <g data-gr-id="30">first-of-its kind</g> in the Delhi-NCR region,” said an official, adding that a number of luxurious waiting halls for passengers equipped with special vending machines, medical stores, telephone booths, internet cafes, banks and ATMs will also be a part of the planned project.
Separate bus bays, parking areas, clear entry and exit points are other features of the terminus. Officials said that the terminus will also have an eight-storey commercial centre.
The ticket counters will be <g data-gr-id="37">computerized</g> and networked for efficient working, with information centres and tourist help centres also located on the premises along with restaurants, convenient stores, workshops for buses and fuel stations.
The selection of place was done tactfully as Sector 82 is situated in the vicinity of the proposed Noida-Greater Noida Metro route as well as near to the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.
“We were asked to survey all bus stations of Delhi-NCR, especially Delhi’s Kashmere Gate Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and give a final report, so that it could be equipped with the latest facilities. Now after getting all the clearances, the terminus is expected to be operational by the end of this year,” stated the official.