DELHI GOVT APPROVES WORLD CLASS BUS TERMINAL FOR NEHRU PLACE
· Nehru Place among seven bus terminals to be modernized
· Futuristic design of Nehru Place terminal released
The Delhi Government has given its approval for modernization of seven of the busiest bus terminals in Delhi to ensure a world class transit experience to bus commuters. (Please find attached the futuristic designs attached).
The Transport Department has already floated tender for modernization of Nehru Place Bus Terminal, and tender for another two bus terminals (Najafgarh, Azadpur) are expected to be floated within a week. Tenders for four more terminals are expected to be released in February.
Almost 40% of trips in Delhi are made by public buses. Bus terminals are crucial nodes of interchange where commuters switch from bus to other first and last mile connectivity such as Grameen Sewa, Auto Rickshaws and Metro. DTC provides facilities such as information center, Bus pass office at these terminals along with public conveniences at these hubs.
Transport Minister, Shri Kailash Gahlot said, “Bus terminals in Delhi have been neglected for decades and the convenience and comfort of bus commuters often ignored. The present terminals do not incorporate basic public amenities such as waiting area, water and toilet facilities, pick-up/drop-off points. And also the spaces are poorly lit and shelters are few and far between which deter women, young and aged passengers and differently abled commuters from using the terminals.”
Present bus terminals suffer from many other deficiencies such as traffic disorder at the terminal entry and exit points, inaccessibility for para-transit services, informal shops and kiosks lined up along the boundary walls adding to the traffic congestion etc.
Vision of Delhi government
“Bus commuters should get the same experience that airport and metro train commuters get at transit points. Only then will there be pride and universal adoption of public buses in Delhi”, Shri Gahlot said.
Adopting the vision to connect Delhi’s bus commuters with world class transit experience, the Delhi government is looking at modernizing bus terminals and converting these underutilized urban voids into vibrant public hubs where commuters can access civic amenities in a well-designed, multifunctional public space.
Imagine a bus station where you can pay your bills on your way to work. Or a place where families can wait during a long commute while safely parking their luggage in a locker room.Or a place where before you board the shared auto to your house. Or you can walk into a Mohalla Clinic for a quick consultation. Or fill your water bottles at Water ATMs and recharge your ONE common mobility card. The terminals will be designed with provisions for notification of bus arrival and departure times (using GPS) and smart navigation and wayfinding equipment.
Futuristic Design of Nehru Place Terminal
· The new Nehru Place Bus Terminal reimagines the site from the point of view of a commuter. Commuters can now flow into the terminals from the Nehru Place commercial hub, from the Kalkaji metro station and from the many temples in the vicinity of the site. It provides a generous public plaza along the Ring Road where commuters can wait and access facilities.
· An aerodynamic futuristic canopy with its structure inspired by the tree form covers this public plaza and provides an iconic landmark to this important hub. At night, the canopy that is held up by tree-like columns is lit up through energy efficient LED lights bringing the street alive at night besides creating a safe and “imageable” public space. The canopy is a rain-shelter and also a water collector that directs rainwater into harvesting tanks.
· The public plaza is porous and transparent with space for kiosks, small shops and hawkers. Around-the clock anchor store is located in the plaza. The design is also mindful of providing sufficient public toilets for women and differently abled citizens. Ramps and tabletop crossings are provided for safety and ease of access for all. Cycle stands are provided for parking private cycles as well as for bikes-on-rent.
· By bringing the Mohalla Clinic, waiting areas integrated with a crèche/play area, e-Kiosk for bill payment into the Bus terminal, we are recreating the transport hub into a civic center.
· DTC will be able to garner revenue from outdoors signage and digital media integrated into the architecture of the public amenities on site.
· Provision has been made for connectivity to the foot-over-bridge located at a short distance from the site as well as integrating a pedestrian bridge to take the commuters to Nehru place without having to intersect with vehicular traffic.
· From the point of view of transport, this terminal will be “future ready”. The designs will be modular and can expand to accommodate electric buses in the rear portion of the site.
· DIMTS is the Project Management Consultant for the modernization of Nehru Place bus terminal and architectural design has been done by Space Matters.