All illegal bus shelters that have cropped up along the city’s bus routes in recent months will be removed by Sunday.

Officials of all the zones were instructed on Saturday to ensure the completion of the civic body’s drive. However, the Chennai Corporation will be able to take a decision on removing bus shelters mired in legal wrangles only after a court order is passed.

The Corporation will soon commission modern bus shelters and entirely foot the bill for the facilities. The civic body recently announced that it had dropped the public private partnership (PPP) mode for the stainless steel bus shelters due to the failure of the mode in the city.

As part of its proposal to install 500 bus shelters with its own funds, the civic body had invited bids to construct a number of the shelters across the city.

The bus shelters have been proposed to be commissioned by the Corporation at a cost of Rs. 10.31 lakh each.

Under the earlier PPP mode, private entities were permitted to commission bus shelters, and generate advertisement revenue for a stipulated period. In the first phase, the work to modernise 99 bus shelters, on a build-operate-and-transfer basis, was entrusted to Mumbai-based Laqshya Media Private Limited a few years ago.

However, the proposal for construction of modern bus shelters in more than 1, 000 bus stops under the second phase continues to be held up due to legal wrangles.

The PPP proposal, envisaging stainless steel shelters, was mooted a few years ago, but very few shelters have materialised so far. This led to mushrooming of illegal bus shelters this summer.

The delay in commissioning bus shelters has also led to the Corporation losing out on revenue it earns via advertisements annually.

By July, existing legal tangles are expected to be sorted out and work on several bus shelters in key areas will be completed before the monsoon, an official said. Tenders for these shelters that were on the verge of finalisation had been held up due to interim orders from courts, the official added.

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