The redevelopment (or rebuilding) of the Old Bus Stand, one of the significant landmarks of the Hubballi city near Chennamma Circle is moving at a snail’s pace.
Hubballi Dharwad Smart City Limited (HDSCL) has taken up the Rebuilding of the Old Bus Stand under Smart City funds. The total cost of the project is estimated to be ₹36 Crores.
HDSCL had demolished the entire Old Bus Stand last year (around July 1st Week). As per the tenders, the project is supposed to be completed in 18 to 24 months.
But the works are not moving at the required pace which is affecting the commuters. The commuters are forced to stand in rain/sun with no protection (no roof!). The city buses are still entering the premises.
As of now, the Suburban bus services have been moved to New Bus Stand at Hosur. And the BRTS Limited Stop service (100D) has been moved to Railway Station under new route 100B.
Another thing to note is that they are transporting Excavated mud/debris in open trucks and spilling it along the road towards Hosur/Basava Vana increasing the dust/mud on roads.
As per the plan, the terminal will have 3 levels i.e Basement, Ground floor, and 1st floor. HDBRTS and City services will be operated from the Ground floor whereas Suburban services will be operated from 1st floor.
Parking facilities will be provided in the basement for around 250 bikes and 100 cars. The terminal will get a 25,000kW Solar Power Plant to make the bus terminal self-sufficient.
If everything goes well, Hubballi will get a swanky new terminal by June 2023. The commuters will have a sigh of relief if it completes before the scheduled time.