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Dharamsala to have modern bus terminal

Minister for Transport GS Bali today laid the foundation stone of bus stand in Dharamsala. It was a rare occasion when arch rivals Bali and Minister for Urban Development Sudhir Sharma, who represents Dharamsala, came together on a stage.

Sudhir Sharma accompanied Bali during the stone-laying ceremony of the bus stand. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has allotted the work of construction and modernisation of the bus stand to a contractor on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.The contractor said the bus stand would be constructed in 6,082 sq metre at an estimated cost of about Rs 20 crore.

In the first phase, 13 bays for buses would be constructed at the ground level and eight more bays in phase 2. The bus stand is being constructed keeping in view the demand of the area for 40 years, he said. He further said the bus terminal would have separate air-conditioned waiting rooms with attached toilets. The dormitory for drivers and conductors would also be air conditioned. It would have computerised booking centre and LED screens that would display bus schedules and general stores for public utility.

The bus stand building would have four storeys and a basement. The basement would be used for parking of cars and two-wheelers. The first two floors would be used for making bus bay and top two floors would have a hotel and restaurants.The contractor said the first phase of the bus stand would be completed in eight to 10 months and would start in 2018.

Bali said besides the Dharamsala bus stand, the work for construction of Chintpurni and Una bus stands had also been allotted on BOT basis. The idea was to modernise the bus stands so that the commuters get better facilities.The bus stands where the HRTC failed to find private bidders would be constructed by the organisation on its own, he said.Exemplary work had been done in the HRTC in the last five years. Most of the bus fleet of the HRTC had been modernised.

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