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Despite a fatal accident one month ago, old issues persist at the T. Nagar bus terminus

It’s a month since a woman commuter met with a fatal accident at the T. Nagar bus terminus. She was crushed to death between two buses. The tragic incident should have been a wake-up call to improve conditions at the terminus, but the old problems persist.

“The terminus is still overcrowded. Often, commuters have to run from one end to another to board their buses,” says K. Harihar, a commuter from T. Nagar.

Every day, on an average, around 2000 trips are being operated from the terminus that also doubles as a depot. More than one lakh commuters are said to be boarding buses from the terminus, every day.

Now, around 200 buses are being operated from the terminus-cum-depot; only around 80 buses can be parked inside the depot. The remaining buses are sent to bus depots nearby including the ones at Adyar and Saidapet and some buses are parked on streets near terminus at close of day.

“The facility lacks basic amenities,” says Harihar.

Commuters complain of inadequate bus bays, broken concrete slabs that are meant to be seats, and damaged toilets.

A few months ago, dilapidated toilets on the rear side of the terminus were demolished. However, no new toilets have been constructed still.

The terminus lacks digital timing boards displaying bus routes, destinations, time of arrival and departure of buses.

Besides, the grilled cabin for time the keeper on the platform seems weather-beaten and the old sodium vapour lights don’t provide sufficient illumination.

Strewn with leftover food waste and plastic covers, the terminus wears a shabby look.

As the entrances at the terminus are narrow, bus drivers struggle to pilot their vehicles in and out of the premises, especially during rush hour when hundreds of commuters wait at the entrances of the terminus to board incoming buses.

“Steps will be taken to provide basic facilities at the terminus soon,” says a MTC official.

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