A large number of vehicles other than buses criss-cross the Erode bus stand, leading to chaos and confusion.
These vehicles include two-wheelers, auto rickshaws, cars, vans and others.
Police have put up a huge banner at the entrance of the bus stand announcing the ban on the entry of vehicles other than buses. But no one seems to have taken notice of it.
Traffic police personnel, who are posted at the bus stand, also look the other way when two-wheelers and other vehicles enter it.
“The entry of other vehicles in the bus stand leads to inconvenience and, sometimes, accidents,” bus drivers point out. On several occasions, two-wheelers are found parked right inside the bays.
“The vehicles would be locked and we have to move it before parking the buses,” drivers complain.
The bus stand witnesses more than 50,000 people every day as Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operates buses to almost all the important places in the State and neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka.
The entry of other vehicles in the bus stand poses danger to the passengers trying to board the buses.
Bus drivers and passengers have made repeated representations to the police officials to implement the ban strictly.
“But no serious efforts have been made in this regard so far,” drivers charge.
The bus stand is also home for stray animals, which block the movement of the buses.
Besides, the Erode Corporation was not carrying out cleaning properly.
“Many a times, the drainage system at the bus stand breaks up, and sewage is seen overflowing, posing serious threat human health,” passengers complain.