CUTTACK: To streamline traffic system in Millennium city, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation(CMC) has decided to construct a bus depot at Naraj. A land sprawling over 7acres has been identified for the project at Naraj and the depot will come up at a cost of Rs 4.90 crore.
The civic body has plans to start construction work of the bus depot by next month. “Tenders will be floated soon for the project. We have plans to start construction work of the bus depot after rains,” said CMC commissioner, Bikash Mohapatra. He added that the design and technical details of the project has been sent to the chief engineer for approval. After getting green signal from chief engineer, the civic body will likely float tenders for the project next month.
State government has allocated funds for the bus depot. Foundation stone for the project was laid on Thursday. Civic authorities have aimed to complete the project within six months as it is an urgent need of the city. Officials said as there is acute shortage of space at existing Badambadi bus terminus, the City buses plying in Cuttack have to be parked at roadside or at residential area in CDA.
This causes much traffic congestion and even inconvenience to citizens. Recently, the residents of CDA had moved high court seeking ban on parking of buses in CDA locality as many accidents were taking place in the area. The second bus depot will resolve these issues. “At least 80 City buses ply from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar, Athagarh, Banki, Jagatpur and Choudwar areas. But there is no specific place for parking of buses in the city. The new bus depot can easily accommodate over 100 buses,” said an engineer of CMC. The bus depot at Naraj will have proper shed facility for safe parking of buses. Along with it, there will a workshop and garage where the buses can be repaired and maintained. There will be toilets and drinking water facility also for the bus drivers and crew. CMC will also construct as shed near the depot for passengers who will board the bus from Naraj and nearby areas.