Bhubaneswar, Jan 30: At the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, 5T and Nabin Odisha Chairman VK Pandian visited the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Bhubaneswar’s Baramunda this morning and reviewed the progress of the construction work.
During the visit, Pandian took stock of the facilities provided for commuters, including waiting areas, sanitation facilities, bus bays, upcoming F&B outlets, lighting installations, and restroom facilities.
He appreciated the Operation Control Centre (OCC) and advised to give tech-savvy and involved leadership to man the OCC.
Pandian directed officials to make provision of proper Odia signages and Map facility to guide the commuters. He asked the BDA team to expedite the remaining finishing activities and get it ready to dedicate to the people by mid-February 2024.
The ISBT is poised to become a crucial transit hub not only for the residents of Odisha but also for those from neighbouring states.
Spanning over 15.5 acres of land, the ISBT Baramunda project, spearheaded by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), aims to offer a range of passenger amenities, office spaces, parking facilities, food courts, restaurants, and commercial areas. The feel and experience will be that of an airport. It will have pre-paid auto and Taxi facilities as well
The Baramunda ISBT is a significant project that will benefit the people of Odisha by providing a modern and efficient transportation hub. The terminal is designed to cater to the needs of passengers and provide them with a comfortable and convenient experience.
The terminal will provide a world-class travel experience to passengers and is equipped with modern amenities such as state-of-the-art Aahaar Centre, restaurants, multistoried car parking, pick-up/drop-off facility, solar panel system, and sewage treatment plant.
It also has provisions for police facilitation centre to ensure the safety of passengers, administrative building for managing the terminal operations, toilet facilities for passengers, ramp facilities for the convenience of passengers with disabilities, and baby feeding rooms for mothers travelling with infants.
Besides, there will be children’s play area, a primary health clinic, and additional parking for seasonal buses.
Vice-Chairman of BDA, Bhubaneswar DCP, BMC commissioner and other senior officers of BDA and the executing agency were present during the visit.