Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jayanagar terminus to open by Mar ’09

Jayanagar terminus to open by Mar ’09

Bangalore: The under-construction Jayanagar 4th Block bus terminus will be ready, with a host of modern amenities, by March 2009. The pilot project is the first of 10 such Traffic and Transport Management Centres (TTMC) planned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Though the Jayanagar TTMC was scheduled to be completed by January 2009, the Rs 12.9 crore project will be delayed by two months. Transport minister R Ashok, who visited the site on Saturday, said delay in obtaining clearance from various departments has affected the project. “Very soon, work will begin on remaining TTMC projects as well,” he said.
The Jayanagar TTMC, spread across 3,700 sq metres, will have a bus station, an information centre, car parking and other amenities. After completion of the first phase, there will be 40 car parking slots, which will be enhanced later.
The TTMC will also be connected overhead to the Jayanagar complex on the other side of the road in the second phase.
The complex will be part of an integrated multi-level parking facility, that will be a connected corridor accessible from the bus stop as well as the complex.
Even a multiplex named after Puttanna Kanagal will be opened in the second phase, for which BBMP permission is awaited.
Parking facilities will be enhanced by utilizing the area above the adjoining roads without affecting flow of traffic. The centre will be a transportation hub providing inter-nodal connectivity, public amenities and park-and-ride facilities.
Ashok said work on TTMCs in Kengeri, Koramangala, Shanthinagar, Vijayanagar, ITPL, Banashankari and Yeshwantpur will begin soon at a cost of around Rs 408 crore.
“The Domlur and Bannerghatta centres will be taken up immediately after taking over of land from BBMP and forest department. All projects are scheduled to be completed by July 2010. Apart from these ten centres, 35 other TTMCs are in the pipeline,” he said.
Also on the cards, are seven new hi-tech bus stations in Mysore. “Kuvempu Nagara, Ilavala, Sathagahalli, RS Naidu Nagara, Chamundi Hills and two rural areas will get completely modernized bus stations. The project costs Rs 100 crore and will begin soon after the tendering process,” Ashok said.
He said two new blocks at Kempegowda bus terminus in Majestic will house all transport department offices.
“Around 18.5 acres will be given for the Metro station at the 40-acre terminal. Four depots will be transferred to Shanthinagar permanently for this purpose. We are also thinking of a driving school for BMTC drivers and immediate disbursement of about Rs 50,000 compensation to victims of accidents involving BMTC buses,” he added.


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