The main works of the new bus terminal in Erode will start on September 1

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The 39.56 crore modernization and improvement works at the company’s central bus terminus are due to start from September 1, temporary bus stations are expected to operate at the premises of Solar and Chikkaiah Naicker College (CNC) in Veerappanchatiram.

The terminus spans 12 acres in the heart of the city and has two entrances and two exits and was opened to the public in 1973. Buses to other states, inter-districts and intra-districts and minibuses were also operated. from the premises. . As a result, the premises were busy throughout the day as commuters demanded improvement in basic amenities.

As part of the Smart City Mission program, the company offered to upgrade the terminal to 15.97 crore, carry out upgrades to 9.48 crore, and build additional parking lots and a mini bus shelter at 14.14 crore. ₹ crores and tenders have been issued and work orders have been issued. The civic body gave formal notice to 34 traders in September 2020 to release their stores for demolition so that construction of the new complex can begin. However, the traders filed a petition in Madras High Court against the notice, claiming that the rental agreement does not end until March 31, 2025. The court ordered that the implementation of the projects be the political decision of the government and asked them to leave stores by March 31. , 2021. The first stones of the works were laid in January of this year and the preparatory works have started.

Since the buses could not be operated during the 24-month shift, the company held meetings with the police and the transport department. It was decided at the meeting to temporarily move the bus station to Solar where the company owns 51.4 acres of land and to college premises. The proposal to move the bus stop to the rural bus stop in Anakalpalayam was rejected.

The company’s commissioner, Mr. Elangovan, said The Hindu that both locations are considered viable and that the proposal would be reviewed with the collector for further discussion. “Preparatory works for the start of works at the bus station have started,” he added.

Officials said buses from the Karur and Muthur routes would be diverted to Solar while buses from Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Sathyamangalam and Mettur would be diverted to the college premises.


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