New Mohali ISBT still stuck; Builder served notice
The Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), the region’s first air-conditioned terminal, has missed multiple deadlines. The project was to be completed in 2010 but it was delayed due to one or the other reason. Now the company has completed only one tower. The other two towers, the company said, would be ready by the year-end.
Even the first tower was expected to be opened on July 15th of this year but got delayed. This has prompted the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to serve contract cancellation notice against the company, C&C Constructions Limited, executing the project.
The ISBT, which is named after Sikh martyr Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, will have a capacity of plying 1,900 buses every day for 24 hours from the terminal. This has been a dream project of Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The terminus spread over 6.6-acre at Phase 6 — near Verka Chowk on National Highway-21 — will improve connectivity of the tricity with northern Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
A team of department of transport visited the site on August 16 and the site was handed over to GMADA last month. The representatives of the company maintained the construction work was completed and now it was up to the government to start operations.
When the ISBT is made operational, buses coming from Chandigarh and Phase VIII bus stand will halt at the bus stand and the commuters will get all the long-route buses for Punjab and Himachal Pradesh from the ISBT.