Site suitability for intercity bus terminal at Hyderabad, Pakistan: a citizen’s perception
The city of Hyderabad, Pakistan has been facing a shortage of bus terminals over the years. The native transportation arrangement already increased traffic jams in the city. Besides, passenger buses that arrived in Hyderabad from other suburban cities had caused chaos and increased traffic management issues. Constructing a new bus terminal for the city in an accessible location is determined in this study. To examine the demand for a bus terminal and to determine a proper location, the data were collected from the 480 sampled respondents with the help of a questionnaire survey. Experts from the Hyderabad Development Authorities were consulted on the availability of land for the proposed development of the terminal. To generate suitable information, descriptive statistics and the correlation approach were employed. GIS-based maps were also produced to define the land uses and routes of the city. This research recommends four standard sites for the terminal, i.e., the Mayani Main Forest (Ayub Hotel), Toll Plaza, Kohsar (Gulshan-e-Sarmast), and Zeal Park. Based on expert opinion, the Ayoub Hotel site was found more suitable for constructing a new bus terminal. In this way, this study contributed to the development of a new bus terminal for the city, which has been the demand of the citizens for quite some time.