Bhubaneswar: The long-awaited Baramunda Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) is set to commence operations on January 1, 2024. Odisha’s Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, will officially inaugurate the terminal as part of New Year celebrations, according to officials from the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), the project’s implementing agency.
Construction is now complete, with interior and beautification works slated for completion within the next month. Buses arriving from Cuttack will make a u-turn at Khandagiri Square to access the terminal, while those bound for Khordha will do the same at Fire Station Square.
The Baramunda ISBT, developed at a cost of Rs 209.30 crore on an expansive 11-acre plot, stands as the state’s largest bus stand. Boasting modern amenities such as a food court, excavator, elevator, multi-storied car parking, WiFi, and passenger pickup and drop-off points, the terminal is designed to accommodate approximately 2000 buses daily.
An environmentally conscious feature is the complete reliance on solar power for the Baramunda ISBT’s operations. The terminal will function under a public-private partnership (PPP) model, with two agencies selected—one for terminal operation and maintenance and another for revenue collection. The initial contract period for both agencies is set at five years.