Isbt Kashmere Gate Case Study

Delhi's Kashmere Gate ISBT gets 'airport-like' feel

Delhi's Kashmere Gate ISBT gets 'airport-like' feel

Text: Agencies

Passengers at the Kashmere Gate ISBT in Delhi can now enjoy better amenities with the inauguration of the renovated facility having an air conditioned waiting lounge, food court, glass elevator and escalators. It has been described by Delhi government as 'airport-like' in its facilities.

Here is a look at how the renovated terminal will help passengers:

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State-of-the-art facilities

The refurbished ISBT has state-of-the-art facilities, including escalators, glass elevators, a centrally airconditioned departure and waiting area, a high-speed wifi zone, LCD screens, CCTV surveillance, parking, hi-tech public conveniences, information kiosks, an RO plant and a sewage treatment plant.

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Redesigned arrival and departure

The arrival and departure areas have been redesigned to make them passenger friendly and convenient.

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Ticket counters have been improved

The bus circulation plan has been modified and ticket counters have been improved with inquiry booths for a better passenger experience.

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Public information system

The terminal has also been installed with a public information system to display the bus information and building management control system.

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Earthquake-resistant

The renovated building complex is now earthquake-resistant. An autorickshaw booth, which was earlier outside the building, will now be operating from inside the terminal, said officials.

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24X7 food court

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," Sheila Dikshit said.

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Original architectural design retained

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.

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Cost government Rs 75 crore

The project cost the government Rs 70 crore.

Around 2,000 buses from eight states operate from the ISBT.

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Overshot the government's deadline

The renovation of the ISBT had overshot the government's deadline by several months. The agency incharge 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.

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Oldest bus terminal in India

Spread over 53,126 square metres, the Kashmere Gate ISBT, set up in 1976, is the biggest and oldest bus terminal in the country.

It has 45 departure bus bays, eight idle bus bays and 13 arrival bus bays.

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Designed by Rajendra Kumar

The building which had been designed by Rajendra Kumar in the Le Corbusier design style.

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Well-lit

The sunlight makes the building well-lit and it is properly ventilated too thanks to its design which allows for maximum utilization of the natural resources.

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Comfort of international Airport

One can feel comfort of international Airport at the refurbished ISBT which is a blend of the past architecture and modernity standing next to historical Kashmere Gate one of the 14 gates built by Shahjahan for his city Shahjahanabad.

The ISBT is the nerve centre for all inter-state travellers.

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Good travelling experience

The operational area of the terminal was refurbished some three months back, but was awaiting a formal inauguration ceremony for the city's busiest ISBT to resume bus operations.

Desirous of giving the public a good travelling experience, the Transport Department, GNCTD decided to renovate and upgrade the ISBT Kashmere Gate. DIMTS was appointed as the Project Management Consultant for the renovation and upgradation of this ISBT by the Transport Department, GNCTD.

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The Maharana Pratap Inter-state bus terminus popularly known as Kashmere Gate ISBT or ISBT, located in Delhi is the oldest and one of the biggest Inter State Bus Terminals in India. It operates bus services between Delhi and 7 other states, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. Spread over an area of about 13 acres, it handles over 1800 buses a day.[1]

History[edit]

Kashmere Gate ISBT was opened in 1976.[2] It served as the only ISBT in Delhi till 1993 when it was transferred to the Transport Department, after which two new ISBT's were created in Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar to de-congest the overcrowded Kashmere Gate ISBT. It was renovated in 2011-2012 by DIMTS at a cost of ₹ 70 Crores and then inaugurated in 2013 by then Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit.[3]

Services[edit]

The Terminus has 45 departure bus bays, eight idle bus bays and 13 arrival bus bays,[4] all catering to Inter-State Buses or Buses to other ISBT's in Delhi. Local buses for other parts of capital are being operated from the mini bus stand which is known as D.T.C. Block at Inter State Bus Terminus Kashmere Gate.

Facilities[edit]

The departure block, waiting area and food court are centrally air conditioned. Reverse Osmosis plants have been installed to supply clean drinking water to the passengers. high speed, secured Wi-Fi zone allows passengers to remain connected. 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 is 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. high resolution CCTV cameras have also been installed for surveillance.

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