They want space near Maatuthavani; police suggest Arapalayam bus stand
: Even as the omnibus operators in the city expressed their desire to vacate their offices from Periyar bus stand area to Maatuthavani, the traffic police suggested Arapalayam bus stand as an alternative for them.
The District Collector U. Sagayam had directed the officials from the Transport Department, Traffic Police and Corporation to examine ways to decongest traffic in and around the main thoroughfares of the temple city as traffic choked during peak hours.
As a first step, the officials held discussions with representatives of omnibus operators. There has been a plan to shift the Arapalayam bus stand to a space identified beyond Kochadai, from where mofussil buses bound for Dindigul, Theni, Tirupur and Coimbatore, among other destinations, could proceed through the four-way lane without entering the city limits. In the event of shifting of Arapalayam bus stand, omnibuses could be given space, from where they proceed to Melur Road by taking Fatima College junction, Sellur bridge and Thevar statue to Alagarkoil Road. Travellers who could not get a reservation in trains bound for Chennai may reach Arapalayam faster than Maatuthavani, the officers said.
However, the omnibus operators flatly rejected the proposal stating that they were promised by former Collectors of earmarked space near Maatuthavani bus stand.
“By asking us to go to Arapalayam, the traffic problem would not get solved. On the contrary, it would get more congested at very many intersections,” they argued. “There is a general impression among motorists that we are causing inconvenience to public by parking our buses (for pick up) near Periyar bus stand but actually it is not so,” they maintained.
Transport Department officials said that there were 43 omnibus operators having their offices in the city. The corporation authorities said that they would discuss the proposals with their Commissioner and ensure that the issue was solved swiftly.