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A sketch of the bus terminal complex which will come up at Thampanoor.
A sketch of the bus terminal complex which will come up at Thampanoor.

Staff Reporter

Work on the 10-storied complex in Thampanoor likely to begin this month

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the Cabinet giving approval for the bus terminal complex of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) at the central bus station in Thampanoor on Wednesday, the hurdles for commencing the Rs.55.93-crore project have been cleared. “We hope to begin the work in January itself,” a top KSRTC official said.

Being implemented on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concept, the project is a joint venture of the Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation (KTDFC) and the KSRTC. Minister for Transport Jose Thettayil said the project was aimed at increasing KSRTC’s revenue from non-ticketing sources and help it come out of financial crisis. The KTDFC will hand over the complex to the KSRTC once it recovers the amount invested.

The KSRTC had already demolished the building in Thampanoor to construct the 10-storied complex, which is to come up on the southern side of the KSRTC premises facing Ponnara Sreedhar Park.

Going green

The Minister said the complex had been designed as per international standards, with modern facilities for commuters. Green building technology will be adopted.

Apart from being an alighting and boarding point for passengers, the complex will have shopping facilities too. Convention centres to organise meetings and marriage ceremonies too are being planned. As many as 145 cars and 250 two-wheelers can be parked in the basement alone.

Parking facilities

The ground floor will house the bus bay, passenger platform, terminal facilities, that include office, enquiry, ticketing among other things, a central lobby and commercial area. Twenty-nine buses can be parked at the bus bays at a time.

The first floor will house a commercial area and a central lobby. The second floor, in addition to the space for the shops and a central lobby, will have the facility to park 87 cars at a time. The third floor will house a convention centre and food court in addition to the central lobby. Eighty-seven cars can be parked on the third floor.

Floors from the fourth onwards will have areas demarcated for setting up offices. Mr. Thettayil said a 2,000 sq.ft. administrative block had been made part of the complex.

Flyover

The offices of the KSRTC and the rest rooms for the corporation employees will come up in the administrative block.

A flyover has also been proposed to the railway station for the hassle-free movement between the complex and the station.

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