New Delhi: Passengers at the Kashmere Gate ISBT can now enjoy better amenities with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday inaugurating the renovated facility having an air conditioned waiting lounge, food court, glass elevator and escalators.

Though the Maharana Pratap ISBT has been redesigned to provide better facilities to the passengers, the original architectural design of the building, which was constructed in 1976, has been retained. The project cost the government Rs 70 crore.

Around 2,000 buses from eight states operate from the ISBT. "I thought when we have a world-class airport, why not have a bus terminal with similar facilities which is used more by the common man," Dikshit said speaking on the occasion.

Sibal showers praise on Sheila Dikshit

Union Minister Kapil Sibal, who was also present on the occasion, praised the Delhi government for the project and its overall performance.

"The renovated ISBT is an example of the development model which is the most suitable and beneficial for our country. ISBT's historical architecture has been retained and it has been upgraded with modern facilities," said Sibal adding, "We need to follow a similar development model in other spheres too so that we have a blend of our heritage as well as modern techniques."

Dikshit said steps are being taken to ensure proper maintenance of the facility. "Once the facilities have been made available, the major responsibility is to maintain them. We will ensure that the maintenance is carried out regularly," she said.

The renovation of the ISBT had overshot the government's deadline by several months. The agency in-charge of the project -- Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) — had pushed the completion date first from November 2012 to January 2013 and finally to May.

A 24X7 food court is also being set up at the ISBT. "We want to ensure that the passengers get hygienic and fresh food. To avoid waste generation from the Food Court we will focus on packed food from reputed companies," Dikshit said.

Facilities at other ISBTs to be improved

Speaking on the occasion, Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said facilities at ISBTs in Anand Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan, Narela and Dwarka will also be improved. The original building was constructed in 1976 has now been restored to its former glory.

"The architectural integrity and façade has been maintained, while the interiors have been upgraded to deliver the best to the common man. Sunlight entering the building makes it well-lit and it is properly ventilated," said an official.

He said the building can now withstand strong earthquakes as structural strengthening and retrofitting were carried out.

Wi-Fi facility for passengers

"The departure block, waiting area and food court will be centrally air conditioned. Reverse Osmosis plants have been installed to supply clean drinking water to the passengers. High speed and secured Wi-Fi zone will allow passengers to remain connected.

"Information Kiosks with touch screen have been set-up for tourist information on Delhi," said the official. To keep the building environment friendly a sewage treatment plant has been installed with the capacity of 1000 cubic meter per day.

The sewage water will be treated and recycled to be used in the air-conditioning plant and for the purpose of horticulture and flushing of toilets.

A new parking management system has also been developed which is capable of storing data of buses entering and exiting the premises. The official said high resolution CCTV cameras have also been installed for surveillance.


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