VIJAYAWADA: Scores of passengers are facing hardships due to lack of bus shelters in several parts of the city, and the wait is expected to continue for a few months as the officials of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) said the problem needs to be addressed as a part of the ‘Street Furniture’ project, which is yet to take off in the city.
Speaking to TNIE on Wednesday, municipal commissioner J Nivas said that three companies have given Expression of Interest (EOI) to realise the street furniture project in the city. The companies were asked to submit Request for Proposal (RFP), which will be floated by Thursday. A principal amount will be invested by the company through which bus shelters at major roads across the city would be equipped with infrastructure and maintained for a period of 15 years, he said.
As of now, the civic body is generating a revenue of Rs 12 crore per annum through advertisements. The task entrusted company will invest around Rs 50 crore to improve the facilities across the city. Due to financial constraint, the VMC was not in a position to invest such huge amount. It may take three to six months for the task entrusted firm to develop all 68 bus shelters with modern infrastructure.’’We hope that street furniture project will improve the infrastructure and address the needs of the residents’’, Nivas added.
Two and half years ago, the civic body proposed ‘Street Furniture’ project under its ambit with an objective to beautify Bus Queue Shelters and install vending kiosks, benches, dustbins, public utility, garbage stations and police booths in the city in accordance with international standards.
What is the Street Furniture project?
The street furniture project includes designing, installing and maintaining street lights, litter bins, newspaper stands, sitting benches, bollard lights among others.