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Ambattur bus terminus improvement work hits roadblock

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YET TO TAKE OFF: The Ambattur Estate bus stand whose improvement work is yet to start.
YET TO TAKE OFF: The Ambattur Estate bus stand whose improvement work is yet to start.

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A tender floated for the project failed to elicit good response

“The office building, rest room and toilets for crew are also in need of improvements”

CHENNAI: The proposed improvement works at one of the important bus terminuses in the western suburbs of Chennai at Ambattur Industrial Estate has hit a roadblock.

A tender floated for the project by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation a few weeks ago failed to elicit the desired response from the bidders.

Funds surrendered

With the project unlikely to take off in the next few months, Rs.40 lakh sanctioned towards it from the local area development fund by North Chennai Member of Parliament C. Kuppusamy had to be surrendered by the MTC.

The commuters, however, want the MTC to expedite the project. “Water stagnation is a perennial problem at the terminus, where no major improvement work has been implemented for several years except patch work on the flooring in the bus bays,” said R. Murugesan, a commuter from Chromepet. The terminus is served by several services of the MTC providing connectivity to different parts of Chennai.

T. Gunaseelan, a resident of Ambattur, added that it was not just the hundreds of commuters using the facility every day who were suffering on account of the poor condition of the terminus.

The condition of the bus depot attached to it is no better. The office building, rest room and toilets for crew are also in need of improvements, Mr. Gunaseelan added.

Talking to The Hindu, Mr.Kuppusamy said that Rs.40 lakh each was allotted towards improvement of the Mogappair and Ambattur Industrial Estate bus terminuses. The MTC proposed to provide platforms and flooring in Ambattur, shelters for passengers, rest rooms for the crew and offices for the timekeepers besides public convenience in the other termini.

“But it could not execute the work as bidders quoted above the reserved amount. Following this, the Tiruvallur Collectorate asked the MTC to surrender the amount.

The funds were then diverted to construct a rest house for the staff of State Express Transport Corporation at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu,” he said.

Mr. Kuppuswamy added that he would soon meet the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority officials to get permission for construction of a guest house, which is a long-pending demand by crew of the SETC.

When contacted, an MTC official said the Corporation would take up the improvement work at the Ambattur facility as soon as its financial position improved.

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