In a move to facilitate construction of the flyover at Gandhipuram and to also minimise traffic problems in this commercial hub, traffic diversions came into effect a couple of days ago. Buses coming from other districts to Gandhipuram have now been diverted to other bus stands.
The bus stands on Mettupalayam Road and at Singanallur have been put to full use from Monday. While there are traffic snarls and confusions, the officials say that the arrangements will further fine-tuned if the need arose. On Monday morning, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC) Pravesh Kumar and officials from the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) and Regional Transport Office inspected the city bus stands.
TNSTC officials said that 654 buses, including 158 private buses, connecting 14 different destinations including Tirupur, Mettupalayam and Sathyamangalam made 1,758 trips a day from and to the Gandhipuram Central bus Stand. By moving 340 buses to the Mettupalayam road and Singanallur bus stands, up to 65 per cent of the traffic at the Central Bus Stand would be reduced.
AtÂ Singanallur bus stand:Â Buses to and from Madurai, Tiruchi, Karur, Tirupur and the southern districts. Buses coming on Avanashi Road will take a diversion at Hope College to reach the Singanallur Bus Stand.
AtÂ Mettupalayam Road bus stand:Â Buses towards Mettupalayam, Udhagamandalam and Sathyamangalam. Buses to Sathyamangalam will take the Nallampalayam Road from Koundampalayam junction and reach the Sathyamangalam Road. Those coming from Sathyamangalam Road will take the Sanganur Road to reach Mettupalayam Road.
AtÂ Gandhipuram bus stand:Â Buses to and from Salem, Anthiyur, and Erode will continue to use the Gandhipuram Central Bus Stand. However, these are expected to be shifted to a temporary facility soon. The Corporation is also looking at shifting the Omni bus stand also soon.
Mr. Pravesh Kumar told The Hindu that due to inconveniences in parking vehicles on Sanganoor Road, the vehicles parking areas will be cleared and patchwork taken up from Koundampalayam to Sathyamangalam Road.
Similarly, at Singanallur, the two-wheeler parking stand at the bus stand will be cleared. To enable movement of commuters from the Mettupalayam Road bus stand to Gandhipuram, the TNSTC had introduced Route bus No. 150 between Mettupalayam bus stand and Gandhipuram from Monday.
To facilitate commuter r movement, the Corporation have introduced eight buses, each of which would make 20 trips a day, taking the total trips to 160.
TNSTC made announcements regularly on Monday using the public address systems about the changes in bus stands. TNSTC officials added that a few signboards would also be placed at the Central Bus Stand. Yet, moving these buses from the Central Bus Stand have also caused hardship to commuters. The changes were implemented in a full-fledged manner only on Monday, though there were reports that some of these changes would come into effect from Sunday.
Source The Hindu