VIJAYAWADA: The city would have a rare distinction in the entire country if an idea of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) materialises.
The VMC proposes to have air-conditioned (AC) bus stops for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project. No other city in the country, including Ahmedabad and Delhi where BRTS project is being implemented, have AC bus stops.
Build Own Transfer (BOT) basis :
Official sources say that Prakash Arts, the leading outdoor advertising agency, has been given the contract for designing the bus stops for BRTS project. The contract is awarded on Build Own Transfer (BOT) basis. The agency would generate revenue by using the interiors and exteriors of bus stop for advertising purposes. The first phase of the BRTS project will have 31 bus stops – each at a distance of 500 metres – and 17 traffic junctions.
The sources say that the corporation is contemplating constructing at least half of the bus stops with AC facility. Prakash Ads reportedly gave three designs to the corporation, and they are pending approval.
While an AC bus stop is likely to cost anywhere between Rs. 14 lakhs and Rs. 16 lakhs, an ordinary bus stop would cost between Rs. 8 lakhs and Rs. 10 lakhs.