Waiting at the local state transport bus terminals will no longer make you sweat. A slew of measures, which were introduced by the chief minister Prithviraj Chavan at the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC)’s Dadar bus terminal on Sunday, will bring the much-needed respite.
As part of the makeover, four air-conditioned waiting rooms with a capacity to seat 100, 20 close circuit security cameras, LCD display boards to announce bus timings and their arrivals and departures, an air-conditioned waiting room for drivers were introduced at the Dadar bus terminal. This will soon be replicated across 76 bus stations in the state, 50 on its own and 26 through private partnership.
Chavan called for an overall makeover of all bus terminals in the state to match international standards. “State transport buses connect remote areas, which are not yet on the train route, with cities. The bus stand should be converted into an economic hub, wherein facilities are developed keeping the passenger in mind. There should be shops, stores, good rest rooms for the passengers, so that instead of checking in neighbouring hotels, the passengers wait at the bus terminal,” said Chavan, who is also minister of transport.
He added that bus terminals should be categorised in four groups — A,B,C, and D —depending on the volume of passengers it caters on a daily basis. So while ‘A’ should be the highest in this hierarchy with maximum passenger volume, D would be the lowest with least passenger traffic. The facilities provided to bus terminals should be in line with its category and commuter traffic.
The MSRTC has begun working on Chavan’s instructions. Deepak Kapoor, vice-chairman and managing director of the MSRTC, said, “ We have started accumulating data passenger arrival and departure of 247 bus stations in the state. Within two weeks, this data would be accumulated and then we will analyse and categorise the bus stations for further planning.”
Trans-harbour link to be fast-tracked
CM Prithviraj Chavan said the state will fast-track the Mumbai trans-harbour link (MTHL) project by reviewing the clauses of the bid, since it had failed twice in the past.
“Navi Mumbai Airport work and MTHL construction should go hand-in-hand. In case of, MTHL, I will see to it that work starts as early as possible.”
The MTHL is to be developed as an Expressway link with a six-lane dual carriageway road bridge and rail bridge connecting Sewri on Mumbai side to Nhava on Navi Mumbai side.
It is currently stalled as two state agencies — the MMRDA and the MSRDC — are fighting over its implementation.