The Omnibus Terminus at Mattuthavani here would start functioning from June 15, Collector L. Subramanian said here on Friday.

A meeting was convened at the Collectorate where office-bearers of Madurai District Omnibus Operators and Owners Association met the Collector and Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa urging them to start operations soon from the omnibus terminus which was formally inaugurated nearly three months ago.

The terminus was constructed to decongest traffic around the Periyar bus stand which has been causing hardship to vehicle users and passengers.

Deadline fixed

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, Mr. Subramanian said that omni buses would not be allowed to enter the city after July 1. There are 66 omni bus operators operating buses to destinations such as Chennai, Bangalore, Puducherry, Hyderabad and cities in Kerala. “While there are 48 booking offices for operators at the new terminus, we have asked for the construction of 16 more. We have been informed that these offices are temporary and that there are plans for construction of a separate building with booking offices in the future,” A. Mydeen Basha, president of the association, said.

The terminus, which is spread across 14.5 acres, was inaugurated on February 12 by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through video conferencing.

Built at a cost of Rs. 9.7 crore, the terminus has 18 bus bays.

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