Congestion at Salem New Integrated Bus Stand
Unauthorised parking of two-wheelers and cars continues to irk passengers at the Salem New Integrated Bus Stand premises, despite warning by Salem Corporation.
First, the two-wheeler parking stand on the right side of the bus stand with a vehicle capacity of 600 is overflowing as over 200 vehicles are parked outside the stand.
The contractor who runs the parking stand even collects parking fee from the unauthorised parking area.
This continues despite the Salem Corporation placing a warning board that vehicles parked in the area would be seized. This makes difficult for passengers to pass through two-wheelers while the entering the bus stand.
Speaking on anonymity, a worker at the stand said around 800 to 1,000 two-wheelers were parked in the stand every day, but inadequate parking space forces people to park outside the stand.
Extending of the parking stand area can be done as vehicles continue to overflow, he added.
The three-year contract period for the parking stand is to end next year. A sum of Rs. 1.20 lakh is paid monthly to the corporation as part of the contract.
The second problem is vehicle parking by commercial establishments on the pavements at the entrance to the bus stand. Passengers with hand-luggage find it difficult to pass between these vehicles to enter the bus stand.
Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan said that in spite of repeated warnings, unauthorised parking continues in the bus stand area.
Strict action would be taken, including cancellation of license of the contractor, if unauthorised parking is encouraged, he added.