Shimla: The much-awaited modern bus stand at Tutikandi in Shimla became operational with the flagging off an HRTC bus by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Monday.
The Inter-State bus stand has been constructed at a cost of Rs 80 crore and is equipped with latest facilities.
There are 11 bays at arrival level and 24 bays at departure level with dedicated doors for entry/exit of passengers for each bay.
The passenger concourse at both levels is enclosed and provided with waiting area and public conveniences. There will be a modern schedule display system through LCDs at both levels.
Police assistance booth has also been set up and the ISBT is equipped with CCTV cameras for 24 hours surveillance. There are three floors of parking to accommodate about 150 small vehicles.
There is a segregation of movement of passengers, private vehicles and buses with a dedicated drive way for private vehicles for dropping passengers. The integrated bus terminal also has two floors of modern shopping mall, two multiplexes and a hotel.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the State Government would be considering connecting the new ISBT through a ropeway with old bus stand and railway station in the heart of the town with scope for further extension to Jakhu with a view to facilitate not only the local commuters but also give boost to tourism.
He said that this would be done in such a way that environment and ecology of the town is not disturbed. He said that additional efforts would also be made to construct more lifts and escalators in the town to facilitate movement of people in the town. He said that the new ISBT would be connected with local bus service for the convenience of the travelers.
He said that efforts had been made to provide every required facility to the travelers within the ISBT complex which contained not only separate floors for arrival and departure of buses but also provide boarding and lodging facilities with shopping Mall and multiplex facilities.