An intra-city bus terminal with space for over 16 buses will soon come up near the under-construction Metro station in Central Silk Board junction. The land for the proposed project has already been acquired by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL).
While the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) plans to create a temporary bus shelter immediately, the busy junction will also see an inter-modal transport hub in the future. The bus terminal will come up on the 13,000 square metre of land given by the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) free of cost. In exchange, the BMRCL has offered to demolish the under-construction kalyana mantapa (marriage hall) and build a new one at a cost of Rs 20 crore in the adjacent land. The agreement was signed after receiving an approval from the government.
To begin with, the terminal will only have basic facilities to shelter both buses and passengers. The provision of a huge space is expected to help commuters switch between different buses easily and safely. The proposed bus shelter is located near the junction that connects four important roads, including the Outer Ring Road and Hosur Road.
“The land is already taken into our custody. We will use only a portion of it to build a viaduct. The remaining portion will be used for buses. The Metro station will come up on the central part of the road with an entry structure near the KSRP land,” Channappa Gowdar, special land acquisition officer at BMRCL said.
Officials have acquired all the properties required for the Reach-5 line of Phase II that includes construction of the Central Silk Board station. BMTC Managing Director C Shikha said they will be constructing a temporary bus shelter since the BMRCL has a plan to create an inter-modal transit hub near the junction.
“We had conducted a joint inspection about six months ago. The KSRP land has space for parking around 16 buses at a time.” Meanwhile, the construction of Metro station is expected to be in full swing in about two month’s time. “We were waiting for the BBMP and BWSSB to shift the utilities and the stormwater drain. Both the works are complete, including the correction of drain. Some piers for the station have come up. The work will be taken up full-fledged in two months,” a BMRCL official said.