Chennai

A New year gift for commuters

Central Railway Station to get a bus shelter by end of December

Finally, after a years of waiting, the bus stops at the Central Railway Station premises are going to get a roof. Work on construction of modern bus shelters on the premises of the station, which belongs to the Southern Railway, was started a few days ago by the Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL). The bus shelters are expected to be ready by the end of this month.

Currently, commuters heading towards Broadway, board buses that halt at the Central railway station premises. A couple of foot-high concrete pavement blocks divide the bus bays from one another to allow commuters to wait. With no shelters since the start of the Metro Rail work a few years ago, commuters had to brave the heat and dust. Prior to the start of the Metro rail work, the bus stops were just a few hundred metres away from the railway station.

Traffic changes were made to facilitate the Metro rail work by converting the space inside the premises of the railway station as a common bus stop for all buses proceeding towards Broadway.

Now that the Metro rail work in Park Town is almost over, bus shelters at the Central railway station are being built by the CMRL. The Chennai Central metro rail station is the largest underground station covering 7,000 sq.m of space, followed by Nehru Park station.

“As a regular commuter, I have been petitioning the authorities concerned including the Railway and the MTC for the construction of bus shelters at the station. We wait under the shade of a tree near the subway to board the buses,” said S. Venugopal, an advocate at the Madras High Court.

As per plan, the new broad bus shelter will have separate bus bays for buses that go towards Broadway bus terminus. Steel seating arrangements, digital timing boards and routes, lights and cabin for ticket checkers will be available at the improved facility. A small steel railing would also be installed to ensure the space is not encroached upon by other vehicles.

As the Central railway station is one of the busiest stations, a few police constables would be deployed at the bus stop to ensure safety of commuters.

The state of shelters

More than 2,000 bus stops come under the control of the MTC, but only 1,150 of them are authorised by the Chennai Corporation in the 15 zones. Many bus shelters maintained by a private consortium are under litigation and prove to be a stumbling block in the modernisation exercise.

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