NAJAFGARH BUS TERMINAL
BUILT UP AREA:
Najafgarh is primarily known for being an economic and transport hub in rural Delhi. It has many major wholesale food markets. There is an existing bus terminal in Azadpur, but it is not properly planned neither does it have modern amenities. This bus terminal complex lies along the Mahatma Gandhi Marg and in proximity to the Azadpur metro station. It thus can provide last-mile and long-distance connectivity in this area.
Our design intervention focused on people-centric placemaking. Which is why we went above and beyond what a conventional bus terminal does. In order to embed this complex into its neighbourhood, we decided to design a Mohalla Clinic within the terminal itself. This ensures that the terminal becomes a multi-purpose public space that caters to two important human needs – transportation and health.
In a city where land comes at a premium, we decided to design a public plaza at the most ‘public’ edge of this complex. This plaza inserts some much needed greenery on the busy Outer Ring Road and acts as a green barrier to the noise and pollution of the city. It is a space that invites even passers-by!
The bus bays themselves are placed in a saw-tooth layout, fitting in 15 bus bays in the plot. Shops and allied services are provided at the periphery of the bus terminal complex. No parking has been provided for personal vehicles. Passengers are provided with ample seating, drinking water, toilets, inquiry counters, and ticket booths. There are office spaces for the staff. Water ATMs, money ATMs, information desks, food and beverage stalls are provided at convenient locations. Signage was crucial and care has been taken to design way finding information, posted system information, real time information, and interactive information display. We have also proposed to revamp the feeder bus stop just outside this complex, which also function as Gramin Sewa Lanes.