Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) will complete the construction of a bus depot at Khandagiri within weeks and hand it over to Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) by October 15.
The new OSRTC depot is part of the construction of an Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) at Baramunda, from where the bus terminus is being shifted to Khandagiri. The entire project is estimated to cost around Rs 179.94 crore.
Work to build the Khandagiri bus depot — spread over 2.5 acres of land — was delayed due to restrictions on movement of labourers during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
The new facility will have amenities an office, store-cum-driver rest room, workshop, washing bay, security room etc. There will also be a dedicated electricity sub-station, lighting and illumination facilities. Two high-mast lights and 13-yard lights will be installed in the bus parking area.
The project is being developed by Bridge and Roof Company India Ltd, a Central government undertaking.
“The project will be completed next month, and then it will be handed over to the OSRTC by October 15,” said BDA Chief Engineer-cum-Engineering Member Rajendra Kumar Nayak.
“It will have maintenance period of five years and defect liability period of five years.”
The bus depot will be able to accommodate around 40 buses at a time.