The Dwaraka bus station complex here, the third busiest depot in the State, may get a totally new look if a proposal of the APSRTC to hand it over to a private operator on the Build-Operate-and-Transfer (BOT) basis gets the government's nod.

Frequented by thousands of travellers for catching a bus to any part of the city, district or State or even to Bangalore and Chennai, the complex, located in the heart of the city, is highly congested, leaving little space for parking of vehicles and raising greenery. Buses of various categories make as many as 4,000 trips daily from the complex.

Faced with resource crunch, the RTC top management is toying with the idea of handing it over to a BOT operator on a 33-year lease to develop multilayer parking, multiplex, easy-to-park platforms, and to create the right ambience for travellers.

A four-member team of technical experts recently visited the complex for an initial assessment. “The idea is to develop it into a model bus complex with all facilities under one roof. The proposal is in a nascent stage,” Executive Director of the APSRTC (Vizianagaram zone) A. Venkateswara Rao toldThe Hindu.

The APSRTC's bid to acquire additional land from the erstwhile Central jail for expansion could not be considered owing to a court directive to develop it into a park. The corporation's request to the Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation to allot land adjoining the depot for expansion is awaiting consideration.

The plan is to develop a new bus depot complex by a BOT operator on payment of a lump sum amount as upfront fee to the APSRTC and later a licence fee on an annual basis. To okay the plan, a consultant may be chosen. If it gets the green signal, during the construction period the Maddilapalem depot maybe converted into the main depot. Once the construction is completed, the Maddilapalem depot maybe handed over to a BOT operator, the source said.

  • Frequented by thousands of travellers and situated in the heart of the city, the complex is highly congested

  • Faced with resource crunch, the RTC is considering a 33-year lease for the complex