Hyderabad: Bombarded with complaints from the public over the lack of bus shelters in the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has finally decided to construct over 400 new bus shelters across the city.
The new bus shelters will offer multiple amenities, including public toilets, drinking water, Wi-Fi, mobile charging points and a passenger information system.
The GHMC has already issued a notification inviting companies to construct new bus shelters at select locations in the city. The shelters will be constructed in four different packages, each will have about 100 shelters covering different areas in the city. The package system is to facilitate early completion of construction, officials said.
The municipal corporation will be taking up the project in public-private partnership mode by engaging private companies. The companies will have to construct the shelters under design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT), which means the GHMC will not have to invest money in the project, the officials said.
Construction and maintenance of bus shelters in the city has been a big challenge for the cash-starved municipal corporation. There are about 2,300 bus stops across the city and of these, nearly 800 do not have bus shelters.
The concession period for the project will be 15 years. The company can earn revenues through advertisements at the bus shelter, a senior GHMC official said.
A meeting would soon be convened with interested companies and based on the outcome, the rest of the modalities would be finalised. The plan is to construct the new bus shelters before the advent of summer, he added.
Earlier, the RTC used to construct and maintain bus shelters in the city. But ever since the GHMC took over the construction and maintenance of bus shelters, commuters have been complaining about lack of bus shelters and poor maintenance of the existing ones.