Delhi: Following the objection raised by the Delhi traffic department, there has been a slight delay in the completion of renovation work at Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmere Gate.

The Traffic Police has raised objections on Transport department’s decision to temporarily shift the ISBT from Kashmere Gate to Sarai Kale Khan. The terminus will remain shut for at least five months for the renovation work.

The Traffic department opines that the shifting process will create inconvenience for the drivers as well as the commuters. 2,400 buses operating from Maharana Pratap ISBT ply on various routes of Delhi and different states. On an average, 1.5 lakh commuters board the buses from the ISBT.

The Transport department move to shift the buses to another ISBT and divert the route has been put on hold by Traffic Police.

As per the officials, the bus terminus was to be closed on June 21 for the renovation work. However, after the objection from Traffic Police it will now be shut after June 25. The fresh date has not been decided yet.

The Transport department will consult the Traffic Police to chalk out a plan that will take care of all these issues. Thereafter, a decision on when to close the ISBT would be taken.

It has been reported that Rs 75 crore will be spent to refurbish the Maharana Pratap ISBT at Kashmere Gate. The renovation work was started in July last year.  Not only Delhi NCR buses, but buses for Punjab, J&K, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and other states also operate from the Kashmere Gate Terminus.

JPN/ Bureau