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Needs attention: Facilities at Vellakoil bus stand are grossly inadequate to meet passenger needs. —
Needs attention: Facilities at Vellakoil bus stand are grossly inadequate to meet passenger needs. —

Karthik Madhavan

There is no compound wall or even a toilet worth a mention for passengers

ERODE: A dozen dirty, tobacco-stained columns support a concrete structure. Beneath the roof are a few shops.

And, surrounding the building is an undulating mud tract. All this is on a 1.3-acre plot that makes the Vellakoil bus stand.

There is no compound wall or even a toilet worth a mention. As buses enter and exit, a cloud of dust settles on commuters and eatables kept for sale.

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The poor infrastructure is, however, no deterrent to buses stopping over at the bus stand, for the town is on the Tiruchi-Coimbatore route.

Every five minutes at least two buses plying on the route halt at the bus stop.

On the Erode-Vellakoil route, there are more buses, including private operators. Likewise, there are town bus services as well.

For the number of buses and the passengers that the bus stop sees, the infrastructure available is grossly inadequate.

The inadequacy has been a part of the bus terminus ever since its inception, says a shop owner on conditions of anonymity.

The State Government assisted the Vellakoil civic body in 1993, then a selection grade town panchayat, with Rs. 17 lakh.

The bus stand was inaugurated on December 11, 1993.

Vellakoil Municipality is a grade three civic body and sources say that things will improve because the civic body has written to the Government asking for funds.

Chairperson Santhi Kandasamy says about five months ago, the Municipal administration sent a proposal for Rs. 90 lakh.

Of the sum, Rs. 50 lakh will be spent to lay concrete flooring for the bus stand, and also to increase the number of bus bays by another five and construct a compound. The civic body was yet to hear from the Government, she adds.

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