The Bhubaneswar development authority began the process to select an architecture and urban design consultant to develop the ambitious inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) at Baramunda.
Under the ambitious project the terminus will serve multiple purposes with commercial office space, retail space, multi-level car parking and open public space.
“The tender papers will be available from July 27 till August 30, a pre-bid meeting will be held on August 9 for the same.
The consultant will also have to conduct a detailed survey and market assessment for the project. Various means have to be explored for a viable revenue generation model from the terminus,” said a senior officer in the BDA.
The design components of the project will integrate mixed use of land, which will have a combination of commercial office space, retail space, multi-level car parking and open public space.
The terminal will have passenger pick-up and drop-off facilities for private vehicles, pre-paid auto-rickshaws, taxis and cycle rickshaws.
Sources said the ISBT would be designed to integrate an efficient fibre-optic network, Wi-Fi connectivity, an area-wide, real-time parking information display system, coordinated transit information system for intra or inter-city bus services and a future mass transit system.
The preliminary project report accessed by this newspaper suggests that the design of the new ISBT at Baramunda will be flexible enough to complement nearby areas, represent the state’s culture, architectural elements used in buildings and monuments of the state capital and be aesthetically appealing while establishing a unique identity for a modern urban centre.
People with mobility limitations will have easy access to the bus terminal. The facility will also have child-friendly features and design elements, while all its nooks and corners adhere to universal accessibility guidelines for the entire project.