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Delhi govt gives nod to modernisation of seven bus terminals

Delhi govt gives nod to modernisation of seven bus terminals

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has given its approval for the modernisation of seven bus terminals in the national capital, aiming to provide a world-class transit experience to commuters. The Transport department had already floated tender for the modernisation of the Nehru Place bus terminal and tenders for two other bus terminals at Najafgarh and Azadpur were expected to be floated within a week, a government statement said on Tuesday.

The tenders for the remaining four terminals were expected to be released in February, it added. "Bus terminals in Delhi have been neglected for decades and the convenience and comfort of bus commuters often ignored. The present terminals do not incorporate basic public amenities such as waiting area, water and toilet facilities, pick-up/drop-off points. And also the spaces are poorly lit and shelters are few and far between which deter women, young and aged passengers and differently abled commuters from using the terminals," Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said in a statement.

"Bus commuters should get the same experience that airport and Metro commuters get at transit points," he added. The Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) is the project consultant for the modernisation of the Nehru Place bus terminal. The Space Matters has prepared the architectural design of the terminal.

The futuristic Nehru Place bus terminal will have an aerodynamic canopy, held up by tree-like columns. The canopy will serve as a shelter and help in rainwater harvesting. The public plaza of the terminal will have space for kiosks, shops and hawkers with a round-the-clock anchor store. It will also have all civic amenities, besides ramps for specially-abled persons.

DTC will be able to garner revenue from outdoors signage and digital media integrated into the architecture of the public amenities on site. Provision has been made for connectivity to the foot-over-bridge located at a short distance from the site as well as integrating a pedestrian bridge to take the commuters to Nehru place without having to intersect with vehicular traffic.

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