The Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), the region’s first air-conditioned terminal, has missed the July 31 launch deadline, with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) maintaining that the facility is likely be inaugurated on August 15.
The Rs 500-crore project, also called Mohali junction, has already missed four launch deadlines. It was first to get operational in October 2011.
Sources said the GMADA will take a call within 10 days to make the facility operational.
Delhi-based C&C Constructions Ltd, which executed the project under the public private partnership (PPP) mode, said it the project is complete on its part and it is ready to hand it over to the Punjab transport department anytime.
Firm’s chief general manager Col CVS Sehgal (retd), when contacted, said the ISBT-cum-commercial complex is ready and it is up to the state government (transport department) when to inaugurate it.
“During the transition period, we will facilitate and work in tandem with the government authorities for starting operations of the bus stand. The rest of the project will be completed by December 2018,” Sehgal said.
GMADA chief administrator Amit Dhaka said, “We will take a call on the project’s inauguration within 10 days.”
The terminus spread over 6.6-acre at Phase 6 — near Verka Chowk on National Highway-21 — will improve connectivity of the tricity with northern Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir. This has been a dream project of Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Work on the facility started in April 2009.
With the Punjab assembly elections scheduled in early 2017, the state-of-the-art facility is likely to be projected as an achievement of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government in the state.