New Delhi: Delhi govt is likely to build a fourth inter-state bus terminal near the Tikri border to cater to the people of outer Delhi commuting to Haryana and other areas. At present Haryana-bound buses start from the Kashmere Gate ISBT, almost 40km from the Tikri border.
“We have identified land near the Tikri border. The plan is at a nascent stage, but we are examining the feasibility in depth,” said a govt official on Wednesday.He said that a smaller terminal on the lines of those in Mumbai for up to six buses could be started and expanded later.
Another officer pointed out that an ISBT in outer Delhi would help when transport movements were restricted due to pollution in winter. “If we have a terminal there, buses wouldn’t need to reach the central parts of the capital where the ISBTs are located,” he said. Also buses deemed ineligible to run then because of deficiency in engine norms could be diverted to the new terminal. To prevent pollution load at such times, only buses running on electricity, CNG or rated BS-VI are allowed to enter the city from Haryana, UP and Rajasthan.
Delhi Panchayat Sangh Pramukh Than Singh Yadav said that people had been demanding such a bus terminal and Delhi Metro extension for a long time. “The colonies and villages near Tikri form the catchment area of regular passengers going to Haryana. A terminal there will make travel easier,” said Yadav. “It will also boost the economy of the region. The border areas are still underdeveloped when compared with other parts of the capital.”
The demand for more buses, both inter-state and inter-city and the penetration of Delhi Metro into the outskirts, was a major topic during campaigning for the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.
Meanwhile, Delhi High Court provided interim relief to around 1,000 Cluster Scheme bus operators whose contracts were due to expire this month. The permits have been extended to July 15. TOI had reported that a thousand public transport buses could go off city roads in 10 days if Delhi govt’s transport department did not extend their contracts. Most of these buses were connecting outlying Delhi areas to different parts of the city.

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