The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is gearing up to take up the construction of a modern bus terminal at Eenchakkal and a bus depot at Anayara by the side of the Kazhakuttam-Inchivila National Highway-47 bypass.
The bus terminal is to come up on five acres of land owned by the KSRTC adjacent to the Enchakkal junction that is now being used as an operating centre and parking lot for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) buses operated by the state transport undertaking.
Plan funds are to be used by the cash-strapped corporation to build the bus terminal, which is modelled on the lines of modern terminals in Chennai and Bangalore. It will be a four-storey commercial complex with underground parking facilities.
The corporation is also gearing up to invite bids for the project, which was cleared almost a decade ago.
Official sources told The Hindu that the KSRTC had approached the Airports Authority of India for a no-objection certificate for the bus terminal as it was close to the flight path of aircraft landing and taking off from the international airport here.
The KSRTC plans to shift super class and long-distance services from the Central Bus Station at Thampanoor to Eenchakkal. The congestion on city roads can also be reduced by diverting long-distance buses through Kazhakuttam and NH bypass to Eenchakkal.
Short-distance services to Nedumangad and Kattakkada and inter-State buses to Nagercoil will continue to ply from Thampanoor. The KSRTC will operate link services from Eenchakkal to the bus terminal that is coming up at Thampanoor. The Melepazhavangady flyover being constructed will ensure a smooth ride from Eenchakkal to Thampanoor and back.
The KSRTC is awaiting the handing over of 3.5 acres of land belonging to the Agriculture Department to start work on the city depot. The land has been given free of cost to the KSRTC by the government on a long lease.
The KSRTC plans to shift the operation of buses from the crowded depots at Vikas Bhavan, Peroorkada, Pappanamcode, and Vellanad to Anayara.
Plans are also on to develop Anayara as a mobility hub in the future. The proposed depot’s proximity to Technopark, Kochuveli railway station, bypass, and the National Waterway will come in handy for transport planners.
Official sources said that M.A. Vahid, MLA, had provided Rs.1 crore for the proposed project from the Asset Development Fund.
Plan funds will also be used by the KSRTC to construct the new depot.