Chandigarh, Oct 16 (UNI) To provide more comfort, security and better facilities for the bus passengers, Chandigarh Administration has framed an ambitious action plan for upgradation and renovation of the ISBT 17 and ISBT 43 in the city.
The plan, finalised today in a meeting chaired by UT Home Secretary Krishna Mohan, envisioned the over all face-lift of the two ISBTs to extend best available passenger's facilities in the country.
Under the plan, AC waiting room for passengers would be constructed and cloak room would be expanded to accommodate more luggages. Renowned brands of eateries, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, fruit juice shops, bakery, STD PCO, ATMs, bookshops, general Stores etc would also be roped in.
Sanitation policy and commercial policy have been changed to bring the ISBTs at par with the highest standards. Modern concepts of sanitation presently being applied at the airports, five stars hotels and IT sector would be implemented in the city's ISBTs.
Sanitation of toilets and housekeeping for the ISBTs would be done by professional housekeeping agencies for a period of two years.
CTU Inspectors would be vested with power to impose penalties on the people found smoking, spitting, littering, dirtying the premises in any manner. The procedure of finalising the overcharging by the vendors would also be streamlined.
A change in the commercial policy has been planned according to which commercial units would be licensed through tender for six years with 10 per cent annual increase in the license fee.
To improve the security system, control room with CCTV cameras and public address system would be established at the ISBT, Sector 17, which will be jointly manned by the personnel of Chandigarh Police and internal security personnel.
The administration would also establish an emergency medical service at the bus stand premises. Moreover maintenance personnel would be deployed permanently in order to tackle any emergency.