Navi Mumbai may soon have one hop on & off stop for long distance buses

To centralize boarding and alighting from long distance buses, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has floated a proposal to construct a bus terminus in Panvel.


The terminus will serve as the main boarding and alighting point for all passengers taking a bus to travel outside the city and state. File pic for representation

Officials from the town-planning agency said the terminus, which would help regulate pick up and drop points of these buses, is part of the smart city plan.

Facilities
The proposed terminus will serve as the main boarding and alighting point in the city for all passengers taking a bus to travel outside the city and state. The project worth Rs 150 crores is expected to be operational from January 2018. The bus terminus will have tourism offices of all states, ATMs, a food court, shopping complex, rest rooms, postal facilities and cyber café.

A depot too
In addition, the town-planning agency will also construct a depot in Kharghar node that will comprise a maintenance building, fuel station, parking, and rest room for drivers and washing bays. The proposed depot would be spread over 2.7 hectares and will cost around Rs 25 crores, CIDCO said. The depot is would be operational by June 2018.

Officials said they are currently evaluating and carrying out necessary surveys of the preferred site for the bus terminus. “The terminus will be open to all kinds of buses, including government and private,” said Soma Vijay Kumar, chief transport engineer at CIDCO.

Current scenario

At present, there is no bus terminus anywhere in Navi Mumbai region. All private and government bus operators make illegal halts at various roadside junctions including Vashi, Juinagar, Kharghar and Kalamboli.

Rs 150 crore
The estimated cost of constructing the proposed bus terminus

Rs 25 crore
The estimated amount that will be spent on building the depot

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