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Bus stop turns into beggars' shelter

M.K. Ananth
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Occupied: Commuters forced to stand on the road at the Namakkal Collectorate bus stop. — Photo: M.K. Ananth
Occupied: Commuters forced to stand on the road at the Namakkal Collectorate bus stop. — Photo: M.K. Ananth

The shelter at the Collectorate bus stop has turned into a safe haven for beggars and rag-pickers over the last few days causing inconvenience to the commuters.

The Collectorate is located in the Master Plan Complex that also houses the District Police Office, District Court and Regional Transport Office.

Hundreds of people from across the district who come to the Master Plan Complex for their various needs use the bus stop, while many others wait here for buses that are on the way to Namakkal town.

With the bus stop being used as shelter by some beggars and rag-pickers, bus users are forced to stand out under the scorching sun while they patiently wait for their bus, as there are no shady trees in the vicinity to cover their head.

M. Ramamoorthi (42) wondered how the plight of commuters like him did not grab the attention of top revenue and police officials, whose offices are located very close to the bus stop.

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