By Boris Mirsky
It amazes not only inside but out, thanks to the State Programme of Development for the Health-Resort Zone in the Naroch Region, running from 2011 to 2015.
During the opening ceremony, the Director General of Minoblavtotrans JSC, Victor Rusak noted that the facility has been finished well ahead of its deadline, taking only 8 months instead of the planned 18. The station is designed for 100 passengers in rush hour or for the simultaneous arrival of 50 people. Passenger traffic is expected to total 500 people daily.
The head of the Naroch bus station, Lyudmila Bostynets, tells us that the station is to offer automated sales, with tickets available online not only for tours departing from Naroch but from any city countrywide (thanks to a unified system).
The station meets modern transport infrastructure standards, offering a room for mothers and children, a shop, pharmacy, and Wi-Fi. There are comfortable rooms for drivers and station staff while cashier tills are fully computerised. An information kiosk and electronic cloakrooms, automated announcement system, electronic platform signs and schedule panels add to the convenience. You can even sit in the comfortable waiting room, watching TV.
There is parking places for cars, including cars of disabled people. The bus station serves about 120 routes, including local, long distance and even international routes.
Minoblavtotrans JSC has introduced three bus stations for the past two years. Another one is in the town Pleshchinitsy will be introduced in the near future, it is also planned to be completed ahead of deadline. As noted by Victor Rusak, next year the reconstruction of the bus stations in Borisov and Nesvizh are planned, and by 2015 a new bus station will be built in Smolevichi. According to him, if we manage to keep to this pace of construction, then by the end of the current five-year period at least four more bus stations will be completed.
And the residents of the resort town Naroch received not only a modern bus station, but also new jobs.