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Funds & firm for terminus

The long-awaited revamp of Birsa Munda Bus Stand in Khadgarha may, finally, see the light of day.

Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has received big money from the urban development department and selected an agency to set up a proper parking bay for buses and introduce better amenities for passengers. The work orders will be issued in a fortnight’s time.

Spread over 18 acres in the heart of the city, the terminus named after tribal icon Birsa Munda is in pitiable state. The condition worsens every monsoon when rainwater turns the place into a mucky mess.

Efforts to give the bus stand a facelift started as early as the tenure of Jharkhand’s first chief minister, Babulal Marandi. His successor Arjun Munda, in 2005-06, made a move too, but the jinx was never broken.

According to agreement, the new agency will finish construction work within a year and a half and hand it over to RMC. “We have been allotted Rs 9.74 crore by the urban development department. RS Agarwal Infrastructure, a city-based construction company, has been selected,” said chief executive officer of RMC Dipankar Panda.

According to the blueprint prepared by Chaddha & Associates, the Khadgarha terminus will have a main building that will house a cafeteria, a passenger lounge, shops, including medicine and book stores, and ticket counters. There will also be resting rooms for those who have to wait long hours to board buses.

“The terminus will also be equipped with a rainwater harvesting facility and an underground water tank,” said an RMC engineer. The parking area and driveway for buses will be made of concrete to prevent rain damage. “The bus stand will also have parking space for cars,” he added.

The main interstate bus terminus of Jharkhand, Birsa Munda stand caters to destinations like Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Chaibasa, Bhubaneswar, Calcutta, Durgapur, Patna, Gaya and Muzaffarpur among others.