Delhi has a great public transport system. Probably one of the best the country has. If you are a regular user of the transport system, you know this. The metro facilities are impeccable and very convenient to the commuters, but when it comes to the areas where the metro connectivity is weak, the buses catch up. But as we know, the bus terminals aren’t as good as the metro stations are. This will not be a problem very soon.
With an aim to improve the travelling experience of commuters, the Delhi Government gave its nod for the modernisation of seven bus terminals in the national capital. The Transport Department has floated tender for modernisation of Nehru Place Bus Terminal, and tender for another two bus terminals (Najafgarh, Azadpur) is expected to be floated within the first two weeks of January 2019. According to the statement, the tenders for the remaining four terminals were expected to be released in February.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said in the statement, “Bus terminals in Delhi have been neglected for decades and the convenience and comfort of bus commuters often ignored. The present terminals do not incorporate basic public amenities such as a waiting area, water and toilet facilities, pick-up/drop-off points. And also the spaces are poorly lit and shelters are few and far between which deter women, young and aged passengers and differently-abled commuters from using the terminals.
Bus commuters should get the same experience that airport and metro train commuters get at transit points, only then will there be the pride and universal adoption of public buses in Delhi. The futuristic Nehru Place bus terminal will have a public plaza along the Ring Road where commuters can wait and access facilities. It will also have an aerodynamic tree-like canopy which will serve as a rain-shelter and water-collector that directs rainwater into harvesting tanks.
Aren’t we all glad that the bus commuters will be given similar facilities like metro commuters?
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