The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), under its Smart City mission, has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) to develop an integrated Smart City transportation hub on a design, build, finance and transfer basis, in the city. The last date of EOI submission is November 11. This project will also be the first major work undertaken by the VMC.
Although the earlier design prepared by the VMC authorities for the Smart City mission was ambitious, the current design elements under the EOI are under a different avatar.
As per the EOI, the Smart City transportation hub will be developed over an area of around 10,000 sq m that the VMC has around the bus depot and railway station. The railway station, state transport bus depot and the city bus stand will be integrated in the proposed project. The civic body may also rework the space around Kadak Bazaar to decongest it.
In addition, the smart transport hub will also contribute to smart urban mobility that was also promised under the Smart City mission. Meanwhile, the VMC is focussed on using
energy-efficient and environment-friendly materials in this smart transportation hub.
At present, the corporation has already commissioned work on constructing around 130
state-of-the-art bus stands in the city. The civic body promises to give good city buses to whoever alights at the Vadodara railway station or the state transport depot. It is expected that minimum 18 city bus bays will be required to be constructed.
What’s more, commercial properties may also come up under the project and some of the existing structures may be razed for fresh development. The project will come up under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode as a design, build, finance and transfer project. VMC will also get a premium from the agency that takes up the work.
The design shall be such that it provides connectivity to the passengers moving with various modes of transport, i.e., railway, long distance bus and city bus, by creating common facilities and enhancing the passenger experience to international standards. Latest signage shall be such that is self-understanding in nature for all classes of passengers.