Express news service
NEW DELHI: After failing to attract bidders at least five times, the government will finally start construction of 1,397 new modernized “Bus Queue Shelters” (BQS). At the start of the project, the transport department will first develop two modernized mild steel and stainless steel BQS in ITO and IP Depot on a pilot basis.
“These shelters will have modernized features with cutting edge design with universal accessibility. The main objective is to make travel easy and comfortable, ”said Minister of Transport Kailash Gahlot. He added that the BQS will be unique with modernized high-tech features and will be equipped with CCTV cameras, GPS tracking system, panic buttons to ensure the safety of commuters, especially women and children.
Gahlot said: “The project was only due to start last year but was delayed due to Covid-19. But now the project has been resumed. Two BQS will first be built on a pilot basis and then we will observe for a month or two to see how the material behaves, if there is any rust.
After several unsuccessful attempts to attract bidders, the government held a design competition in 2017 and after selection, the work was awarded to PWD in 2019. The Department of Transportation asked the Department of Public Works (PWD) to build the works. two low / medium density BQS samples, ie. 9 m long – one mild steel and one stainless steel at two locations – near the ITO and IP depot on a pilot basis. The department also sanctioned the amount for the execution of the BQS. The provisional cost of constructing the mild steel and stainless steel BQS is 9 lakh and 14 lakh provisionally.
Both BQS will be completed in 1-2 months. The BQS will be equipped with CCTV cameras, GPS and panic button for the safety of women. It will have smart features with a passenger information system to provide information on scheduled and real-time arrival and departure of buses, predictive weather mapping, air quality and temperature to help passengers. commuters get around better.
In addition, these will be fully adapted for people with disabilities with audio announcement systems like in metro stations and will have spaces reserved for wheelchair areas, ramps and tactile tiles.