Shimla: Adding another feather to the cap of hill station Shimla, North India's most modern Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) with all the latest facilities was inaugurated here on Monday.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal inaugurated the state-of-the-art ISBT in one of the most popular destinations of the country. The high tech bus terminal comes at a cost of Rs 80 crore.

To mark the occasion, the chief Minister waved green flag to a bus to Dali
Dhumal termed occasion as historic.

“The bus stand will cater the needs of tourist coming from all across the world and citizens of Himanchal Pradesh," said Dhumal.

Declaring to start ropeway facility in the city soon, the Dhumal said, “The state government and Tourism department is now prepared to construct a ropeway from new bus stand to railway station via old bus stand which will help to get rid of traffic problem in the city.”

Apart from this, in order to maintain cleanliness in the buses, Dhumal informed that dustbin bags will be used in all the buses of Himanchal Road Transport Corporation.

“Over 500 bags have been prepared so far, which will be used to collect litter inside buses,” said the CM.

It needs to be mentioned that construction of the modern ISBT took 11 years. In the year 2000, the master plan was approved by CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and the land for the bus stand was allocated in Tutikandi.

In 2003, during the tenure of Congress government, several difficulties were faced to begin the construction work.

It took over five years to get permission from forest department for cutting trees on the allotted site.  It was in the year 2008 that a go ahead was granted by the department.

Thereafter, the construction work began in collaboration with a Delhi-based private company, CK Infrastructure. Out of the total amount spent on its construction, Rs 16 crore was contributed by HRTC and Rs 64 crore by the private company.

JPN/Bureau