The state government has identified 15 acres off the Dwarka Expressway for setting up the new inter-state bus terminal (ISBT).
The land in Sihi village is close to the heliport, Global City and a proposed station of the RRTS corridor. Officials said tenders were likely to be floated.
Union minister and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjeet Singh said on Monday he had received information that 15 acres had been earmarked for the ISBT project and tenders for it would be floated soon. “The old bus stand in the city is in a poor condition and needs to be demolished at the earliest,” he said after a meeting on development projects in Gurgaon, Rewari and Nuh.
A new ISBT for Gurgaon was under consideration for long. Once ready, it will bring much-needed relief to commuters as the current bus stand near Mahavir Chowk in the old city operates out of an old and dilapidated building. There is no waiting area for the passengers, and snarls are frequent because of the movement of buses. In 2021, the Haryana Roadways had sent a proposal to the government, demanding 15 acres near the Dwarka Expressway for the construction of an ISBT. The state’s industrial development corporation has around 100 acres for public utility. The 15 acres for the ISBT have been carved out of that.
Officials agreed it was high time a new bus stand came up in the city. “The administrative building at the old terminal lacks enough room for the staff. The movement of buses also leads to frequent snarls here. Since the population of the district is increasing, there is a need for a bigger and more modern ISBT,” an official said.
Built in 1958, the current bus stand had come up in an area that was largely vacant. In 2015, the PWD conducted a safety audit of the old terminal building and found it structurally unsafe. Three years later, the state government announced plans to construct a new bus stand on a public-private partnership model.
Initially, the roadways had identified a plot in Rajiv Chowk for the new bus stand, but the proposal did not materialise. Officials said the new location in Sihi village was more feasible as it was close to the Dwarka Expressway, SPR, the proposed Global City, heliport and a station on the Delhi-Gurgaon-S NB-Alwar RRTS corridor.
Source : TOI