Satellite mofussil bus terminuses will be set up in Velachery and Madhavaram to ease traffic congestion in the city. The proposal of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is to reduce the load on Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu.

Over 300 mofussil buses passing through East Coast Road and Rajiv Gandhi Salai, including those to Puducherry, are likely to be accommodated in the Velachery facility.

Buses passing through the Grand Northern Trunk Road are likely to be accommodated in the terminus at Madhavaram. Andhra-bound buses would be operated from the Madhavaram terminus.

The satellite mofussil bus terminuses would have facilities similar to that of CMBT. A terminal hall, bus bays, large office space, shops, crew rest rooms and other incidental structures would be constructed.

While 200 buses per day could be operated from Madhavaram, the Velachery terminus would handle over 300 buses a day.

The proposal would ease congestion within the city limits on stretches of roads such as Jawaharlal Nehru Road. About 2,000 mofussil buses operate from CMBT daily, which serves over two lakh passengers a day and has six bus bays to park 180 buses. It also has an idle parking area for 60 buses.

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