Skywalks, separate lanes promised

June 24, 2013

Rumu Banerjee, TNN |

NEW DELHI: If the chaotic traffic situation around the Anand Vihar bus terminus seems daunting, here is some good news. The transport department, which is planning to renovate the Anand Vihar ISBT later this year, also wants to streamline the vehicular movement as part of the exercise. DIMTS (Delhi integrated multi-modal transit system ), the agency which will undertake the renovation on behalf of the transport department, has drawn up a traffic segregation plan for the area.”The entire 9 hectare space will be renovated and connected with the Anand Vihar railway station and the neighbouring Delhi Metro station. Vehicle entry and exit into the complex will be segregated based on the mode of transport,” said a senior DIMTS official.

Lanes, based on the type of vehicle , will be provided and entry and exit to these lanes will be strictly implemented. For instance, interstate buses will be allowed to go into the complex only through one lane while DTC buses through another. Private vehicles and para-transit like autorickshaws and taxis will have a separate entry and exit point.

The entire complex – which will be connected through skywalks or foot over-bridges for pedestrians who want to access the railway or Metro stations – will have dedicated space for commuters and pedestrians within the ISBT premises. “Proper segregation of vehicles will bring down pollution as no interruptions will be there in the movement of the vehicles,” added the official.

The good news is, the segregated lanes will be forked out from the service lane. For vehicles going straight, the existing road will not be touched, added the DIMTS official.

Vihar  The network of sky walks or foot over-bridges will be constructed within the ISBT to connect to the Anand railway station, the Metro station and the Ghaziabad area, near the Pacific Mall roundabout . These skywalks will be accessible through escalators located on the ground.

“At present, the state of the ISBT and the surrounding traffic is quite bad. The renovation plans will address not just the ISBT premises but also the traffic situation,” said the DIMTS official. The existing premises at the Anand Vihar ISBT have few public conveniences, temporary bus bays and crumbling sewage lines. Sources said that the existing sewage line was not able to take the load and that utility lines would need to be re-laid . The movement of pedestrians is not defined either.

As part of the renovation, a sewage treatment plant will be set up. The STP will generate more than one lakh litre of treated water. This water will be re-circulated in the airconditioning cooling towers and for horticulture purposes.

Also, a commercial tower will come up along with a four storey building to house the ISBT premises . Ground and first floor of the building will be dedicated to the ISBT functions like security, ticketing etc. Underground parking for private vehicles to be constructed. Will accommodate 1,000 cars and 300 two-wheelers .

The work on the renovation is expected to start from December this year. Renovation expected to take 20 months.

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