Raipur: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has inaugurated the new Inter-state Bus Terminal in the Bhatagaon area of the state capital Raipur. The Terminal is designed keeping in mind modern-day facilities. Pandri Bus stand will shift to Bhatagaon with the inauguration by the Chief Minister. This is the first bus stand in Chhattisgarh which will have the facility of accommodation for passengers. The Chief Minister also dedicated Multi-level Parking Bhagat Singh Chowk, Atmanand School, and Water Treatment Plant to the people of the state.
However, shopkeepers were reluctant in shifting their shops from the old bus stand to the new one. Meanwhile, only 14 bus operators have expressed their desire to operate their buses from the new bus stand while there was opposition from some other groups. On the other hand, Municipal Corporation has asked the bus operators to shift their services from the old bus stand to the new one within 20 days. For the time being, no space has been allotted to auto operators on the new bus stand premises. Coroporator Bunty Hora has drawn the attention of the district administration towards auto operators.
The new inter-state bus terminal is constructed on the 25-acre land obtained from Shri Balaji Swami Trust Shri Dudhadhari Matt, costing about Rs 49 crore. The four-story terminal building has 104 rooms meant for offices, shops, food courts, waiting rooms, food stalls, a dormitory for both men and women. Toilets for the transgender have also been constructed here apart from the lift facility. The entire campus is equipped with an adequate number of CCTV cameras. Initially, around 200 buses will operate from this terminal and the number will increase to 900.
The second multi-level parking is ready at the collectorate. This parking lot can accommodate 450 four-wheelers and around 200 two-wheelers at once. This parking lot was developed on a 17792 sq mt area costing Rs 28 crore.
Shaheed Smarak School
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel dedicated the new building at Shaheed Smarak School for the operation of Swami Atmanand School which will have 11 classrooms, 7 smart classrooms, four modern laboratories, one library, auditorium, dining room, toilet, etc. Funds to e tune of Rs 5 crore was spent for the development.
The Chief Minister also dedicated a shed constructed at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk costing Rs 5 lakh.
A sewerage plant was set up to save the Kharun river from being polluted. The capacity of the plant is 6 MLD and it has been developed at the cost of Rs 6 crore.