Civic body to beautify landscape and use open space for amenities
CHENNAI: The congested surroundings of the Broadway Bus Terminus will wear a bright look in six months once the concrete-topping and landscaping of the area is carried out by the Chennai Corporation with test and design provided by the Highways Research Station (HRS).
The floor of the major terminus, which has around 200 city buses moving in and out daily, had suffered damage due to inundation in rainy season.
HRS Deputy Director, A. Samuel Ebenezer, who inspected the site September-end, along with the officials of the Chennai Corporation, said the department would do a bore and a soil profile test along with sub-surface exploration. “Anything exposed to moisture should have proper scope for drainage,” he said, pointing out that the HRS would study the surface and sub-surface drainage possibilities.
The preliminary investigation had been completed and a diagnosis of the soil strata would be analysed.
When there was differential settlement of soil due to various load capacities, the surface would get damaged after the laying of the concrete pavement, he said.
The request for a study came in June from the Superintending Engineer of the Corporation’s Bus Route Roads division to lay a ‘rigid pavement’ in the approximately 14,000-sq m area. In places where inundation was possible, a rigid pavement allowed the water to drain off without retaining moisture, the official said. The HRS has asked the Corporation to furnish details. After readying the pavement design, the Corporation would call for tenders. The last date for submission of the Corporation tender for beautification, landscaping and providing amenities for the bus depot is November 2. It plans to beautify the landscape and use the open space for amenities, including shops and public convenience, for the benefit of commuters. Work of laying a concrete platform would be completed in two months, the superintending engineer said. The project had been taken up after repeated complaints to Mayor M. Subramaniam.
Though the project falls in Division 49 of Zone 3, it has been transferred to the Bus Route Roads Department as it involves a major work.