While laying the foundation stone of the new inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) without the formal ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) from adjoining army cantonment authorities, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on Tuesday, said that all the concerns of the army have been accommodated and new inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) will be constructed for sure.
Talking to media after laying the foundation stone, Bathinda MP said that the new ISBT could have been constructed earlier, but was delayed due to concerns by army authorities, but now all the concerns of the army arising out of security reasons have been accommodated and whatever new observations they will make same will also be accommodated.
The new ISBT will be constructed along the Bathinda-Barnala road at an expenditure of Rs 60-65 crore. The Bathinda improvement trust will execute the project. The trust authorities have made it clear that construction work on project would start only after formal consent from army. The project has been hanging fire for the past many years due to alleged red-tapism at the part of trust officials and requirement of NOC from army authorities of adjoining cantonment.
The new bus stand will help in reducing traffic congestion within the city and will be equipped with modern facilities. The present bus stand on Mansa road is in dilapidated condition and lacks in basic amenities.
As much as 18 acre land will be used, out of which 8 acre would be utilised for bus ways, 2 acre for workshop while a commercial complex will be developed on the rest of 8 acres. The new ISBT will have other facilities of a modern bus stand such as air conditioned waiting hall, canteens and restaurants.
The bus stand will have 40 bus counters and 10 ticket counters. Besides this, there would be 10 to 15 counters for local and mini buses. There would be separate counters for air conditioned (AC) buses. The bus stand has facility for 1000 passengers and will have AC waiting rooms. The passengers will also have facilities for drinking water, toilets, canteen at the ground level. Also a huge car parking space with capacity of 200 cars will come up and for two-wheelers another parking lot of 200 vehicles will come up. She said that with the bus stand moving out of city, people will get respite from the traffic problem.
Bathinda (urban) MLA Sarup Chand Singla, chairman, Bathinda improvement trust, Dyal Singh Sodhi, accompanied the Union minister.
Meanwhile, amid the spree of development projects, the Union minister also laid the foundation stone of a new bridge that is to be constructed over the Sirhind canal connecting village Kothe Amarpura with Urban Estate phase 4 and 5 thereby easing out bottlenecks on the Goniana road. The bridge will be constructed at a cost of `3.5 crore, which will be 3-meter wide and would be four-laned. She also inaugurated 66 kv power grid in Maur Kalan and a sub divisional complex in Maur.