Bhubaneswar: As per the direction of the Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik, Chairman of 5T and Nabin Odisha, Shri V.K Pandian, carried out a site inspection at the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Baramunda early this morning. The objective was to review the ongoing project, aimed at facilitating the early commencement of operations at the facility, which is expected to serve as a crucial transit point for residents of Odisha and neighboring states.
During the inspection, Shri Pandian assessed the amenities supposed to be available to commuters, including waiting areas, sanitation facilities, bus bays, upcoming food and beverage outlets, lighting installations, and restroom facilities. He commended the Operation Control Centre (OCC) and suggested ensuring that it is staffed with technologically adept and committed personnel.
Shri Pandian instructed officials to incorporate appropriate Odia signage and mapping facilities to assist commuters. He urged the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) team to expedite the remaining finishing touches to ensure readiness for the facility’s dedication to the people of Odisha by mid-February ’24.
Spanning over 15.5 acres and led by the BDA, the ISBT Baramunda project aims to offer various passenger amenities, office spaces, parking facilities, food courts, restaurants, and commercial areas. Designed to resemble an airport in terms of ambiance and experience, the terminal promises to enhance transportation efficiency and modernize travel experiences for the people of Odisha.
Equipped with modern facilities like a state-of-the-art Aahaar Centre, restaurants, multi-story car parking, pick-up/drop-off points, solar panel systems, and sewage treatment plants, the terminal ensures a world-class travel experience. Additionally, it features a police facilitation center, administrative building, passenger toilets, ramp facilities for the disabled, and baby feeding rooms. Pre-paid auto and taxi services will be available, along with amenities such as a children’s play area, a primary health clinic, and additional parking for seasonal buses.
The visit was attended by senior officials from the BDA, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, and the executing agency.