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Commuters want buses to stop at Surapet Main Road

To catch their buses, commuters from Pudur and adjoining areas now have to walk to Ambattur OT, which is two kilometres away. Photo: M. Vedhan   | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan

Commuters want the officials of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) to ensure buses halt at the EJB Marriage hall bus stop on the Surapet Main Road in Pudur near Ambattur Old Town (OT). Services between Vallalar Nagar and Pudur (Route N0: 248), and between Broadway and Pudur (Route No: 71D) draw huge numbers of commuters.

At present, the two bus services do not halt at the bus stop, which is around two kilometres from the bus terminus at Ambattur OT on the Chennai–Tiruvallur High (CTH) Road.

Instead, these buses are parked in front of Sri Krishna Bhavan Hotel, near the bus terminus at Ambattur OT. As a result, commuters from Pudur and adjoining areas have to walk to the terminus to board the buses. “With no small buses and proper share autorickshaws, senior citizens like me have to walk at least two kilometres to board these buses,” said 69-year-old K. Thanikachalam, a resident of Pudur.

Every day, commuters from Cholembedu, Sholapuram, Mounaswami Madan, Oragadam, Old Township Road, Venketapuram, Krishnapuram and K.K. Road board buses at the terminus. As the terminus is just a few kilometres away from the Ambattur Industrial Estate, many workers at the estate have settled down in the Old Town, which was formed in 1964. Now, many schools and private hospitals have come up between the Old Town and the estate.

With no railway stations in the neighbourhood, people have no option but to rely on buses and this terminus.

However, with the narrow space that is available on CTH Road and at the open bus terminus, many buses are parked on spaces available along the Surapet Main Road and also in some parts of CTH Road. “As the MTC has withdrawn the services of these two buses, we have to travel by the congested buses,” said K. Archana, a commuter in Pudur.

MTC officials said that poor revenue collection along the routes was the reason for withdrawing the two services. Further, many buses from the terminus are operated to Broadway and Vallarlar Nagar in north Chennai.

“As the terminus has a shortage of buses, we want to use the available resources including a fleet of buses to congested routes. However, we would take steps in halting a few bus services at the EJB Mahal bus stop,” said a MTC official.


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