Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel today inaugurated the Lal Darwaja bus terminal of the Amdavad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) in a ceremony organized by the Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC) today.
The newly redeveloped Lal Darwaja bus terminal, built at a cost of approximately Rs. 9 crore, showcases a heritage theme. Notably, the terminal’s design incorporates measures to keep the internal temperature 5 degrees lower than the outside environment.
With an estimated capacity to serve 2.25 lakh AMTS passengers, Lal Darwaja has been the primary bus hub since the inception of the city’s bus service in 1947. The heritage bus station pays homage to the history of the city’s bus service from its establishment to the present day.
The two-floor building boasts a heritage appearance and includes a reinforced concrete road and a well-designed drainage system. The terminal is adorned with decorative lighting, while special marble sourced from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, has been used in its construction, ensuring a cooler temperature inside, as much as 4 to 5 degrees lower.
The terminal features seating arrangements, decorative bus shelters constructed with fabricated pipes across seven platforms, and CCTV cameras installed throughout the premises. LED displays will provide real-time information about buses departing from the terminal.
The terminus building offers various amenities, such as drinking water facilities, a dedicated control room for addressing grievances, a cash collection cabin, a meeting hall, a traffic director’s office, a VIP waiting room, and cabins for electric and solar power supply.
The inauguration of the redeveloped Lal Darwaja bus terminal marks a significant milestone in improving transportation infrastructure in the region. The modernized facility, designed with a nod to the city’s heritage, aims to enhance the commuting experience for AMTS passengers while showcasing the rich history of Amdavad’s bus service.