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Praveen Paul Joseph
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Kovilpatti bus stand wears a new look; no entry for mini buses, two-wheelers

FREE FLOW:Buses move freely at Kovilpatti bus stand on Thursday.— Photo: N. Rajesh
FREE FLOW:Buses move freely at Kovilpatti bus stand on Thursday.— Photo: N. Rajesh

The congested Kovilpatti bus stand wears a new look thanks to the initiative taken by Superintendent of Police, J. Rajendran.

Residents of Kovilpatti, especially commuters who wait at the bus stand, will be relieved to see the place free of traffic snarls. After repeated complaints of traffic congestion, the Superintendent of Police visited the spot and asked the authorities concerned to remove encroachments so as to ensure decongestion inside the bus stand.

Autorickshaws and two-wheelers, which used to go in and come out, are denied entry. Even entry for mini buses is denied and they are asked to pick up and drop passengers at separate spots near the bus stand.

This had led to ample space within the bus stand.

The bus drivers have been instructed to enter the bus stand, wait for a limited duration to pick up passengers and then proceed.

Previously, many passengers voiced concerns about difficulties being encountered to board buses as the vehicles were parked in a haphazard manner.

Besides, public toilets were badly maintained and passengers found the stench nauseating. Poor lights at the bus stand were a cause of concern for passengers waiting in the evening hours, D. Ganesh, a passenger, said.

According to sources, the license for the Kovilpatti bus stand was not renewed by the Regional Transport Authority as amenities as per required standards were not provided.

S. Murugan, General Manager, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, has welcomed the initiative taken by the Superintendent of Police. It is felt that the Kovilpatti Municipal authorities should monitor that the bus timings are put up for the convenience of passengers.

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