Renovated Kashmere Gate ISBT inaugurated

New Delhi, May 2 : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today dedicated the renovated, modern, world-class Maharana Pratap Inter-state Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmere Gate to the nation.

The refurbished ISBT has been developed in such a way to provide maximum number of conveniences and latest facilities to the passengers. The ISBT Kashmere Gate was initially constructed by the DDA in 1976 and transferred to Transport Department in 1993.

The structure of ISBT and facilities gradually deteriorated resulting in inconvenience to the passengers. The city government decided to transform it into a world-class ISBT by refurbishing it at a cost of ' 75 crores.

While giving a new look to it, the architectural integrity and fa�ade has been maintained, while the interiors have been upgraded to deliver the best to the commonest. Dilapidated over a period of time, the building has now been restored to its glory.

The entire building has gone structural strengthening and retrofitting making it now strong enough to withstand earthquakes. No change has, however, been made to the basic design of this building.

The building makes maximum use of natural resources such as sunlight, air, thus making it well lit and properly ventilated. 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 as around road corporations of 12 states are operating from this place.

Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit stated that the refurbished ISBT is the first of its kind in the country. It has since become a new landmark of the city. Dikshit also stated that once taking around of the new IGI Airport and observing the amenities available there, she thought of developing the ISBT Kashmere Gate on the same lines in order to provide the latest amenities and conveniences to around 2 lakh passengers on using the ISBT everyday.

She exhorted the passengers, authorities and all concerned to concentrate on its upkeep and maintenance in order to keep the new ISBT clean and shining forever. While referring to the new amenities at the refurbished ISBT, Dikshit instructed the Transport Department to start a hygienic and quality food court at the earliest.

Dikshit stated that the amenities provided includes escalators and glass elevators, granite flooring, improved spacious and well lit inquiry booths/ticket counters, centrally air-conditioned departure block and waiting area, R.O. plants to supply clean drinking water, hi-speed secure wi-fi zone, information kiosks with touch screen, LCD screens, public address system, hi-tech public conveniences, vast parking, CCTV surveillance, landscaping and sewage treatment plant to re-cycle and re-use water.

Dikshit also stated that the refurbished ISBT would prove to be useful to the passengers coming from across the country.

Union Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal, who was also present on the occasion, appreciated the Transport Department and DIMTS for maintaining the fa�ade while refurbishing the ISBT with modern facilities.

Sibal described this as per thinking of the Chief Minister Dikshit who has been accelerating the pace of development with modern amenities and infrastructure while maintaining historical composite culture, harmony and brotherhood. There are many chief ministers who have been talking much and doing less though Dikshit is different to all of them. She has been concentrating on work instead of continuously talking and making comment on every issue.

Describing the development model in Delhi the best in the country, Sibal said: " The country is not going to accept that model wherein efforts are being made to change the mind and face. The development model of Delhi has helped in delivering efficiently and changing the look and image of the city."

While referring to the wide roads, Sibal stated that one would like to continue driving for hours together.

He also referred to the Delhi Metro, world-class international airport and the refurbished ISBT at Kashmere Gate, which are result of a positive and constructive thinking of the Chief Minister. He exhorted people to get ready to carefully the functioning of the city government in next few months. This challenge will provide them an opportunity to ensure their bright future.

The new ISBT would provide a good travelling experience to the passengers. The ISBT spread over an area of 53126 sq. meter 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.

The new look ISBT boasts of several modern amenities that have been added to provide passengers with comfort and good experience.

--ANI (Posted on 02-05-2013)

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