Jamshedpur : The district administration is gearing up revamp passengers’ basic amenities like drinking water, separate toilets for men and women at Sitaramdera bus terminus. Sources informed that the administration is working plans to ensure better facilities at the bus terminus.
Spread over 1.5 acres along the Sakchi-Mango road near Subernarekha second bridge, the terminus was built at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore in 1998 and became operational in the month of October the same year with local urban body Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC). More than 30,000 passengers, take services of 400 buses to various destinations in Jharkhand, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha every day from this terminus.
Sources in the JNAC said that there exists two drinking water lines from Jusco which would be used for water supply through rows of taps at two locations of the bus terminus. This apart, the existing lavatory will be repaired and renovated with separate entrance for men and women.
The district administration recently also finalized the contractor for the inter-state bus terminus at Mango. The contract was bagged by Takeshwar Tiwary alias Goldie Tiwary during the tender held at DC office under strict security. The deal was struck at Rs 78 lakhs. The contractor has been asked to deposit the caution mone, which is 60 per cent of the final total amount at JNAC.
The charges fixed for the long distance bus will be Rs 100, Rs 50 for near distance while Rs 25 for light commercial vehicles. The contractor will not only manage the operation of busses will also maintain rest rooms for the transport operators, apart from providing systematic bus parking facility.
The tender will be valid from March 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015. District officials said that private participation will be ensured in the management of the bus terminus, though the management will have to abide by the government norms. However, to safeguard the interests of common people, following the government guidelines will be mandatory.