Vadavalli bus terminus design criticised

The new Vadavalli bus terminus coming up on the Edayarpalayam Road in Coimbatore.  

In another 10 to 15 days the Coimbatore Corporation will throw open the Vadavalli bus terminus. It is constructing the terminus at ₹2.25 crore on 48 cents near the Marudhamalai and Edayarpalayam roads.

The bus terminus, it appears, can accommodate not more than three buses at a time that too one behind the other as the corporation has built wide platforms on the western and eastern side of the terminus that extends from north to south.

Buses will have to enter from the southern part of Marudhamalai Road and exit towards northern side on to the Edayarpalayam Road.

Commenting on the design, a senior State Government engineer said the design itself was flawed. If not, the execution was, for at the place where the corporation could have easily accommodated 10 buses, it had made provision for only two or three.

The entry itself had been poorly designed as a pillar reduced the space available for drivers to negotiate their way to the parking bay. As in other bus termini or bus stands, the Corporation should have earmarked bus bays at 45 degrees but it had not. The current design showed that the objective of the terminus was to provide space for shops and not buses.

Coimbatore Consumer Cause Secretary K. Kathirmathiyon said that by providing more than the required width for platforms on the western and eastern side, the corporation had reduced the space the necessary for parking and moving buses. Given the number of buses that were parked at the roadside make-shift bus terminus at present and the number of commuters who wait for the buses, the corporation should have changed the design in favour of buses.

The current design also suggested that the corporation had not factored in the movement of mini buses on the route.

Denying the allegations, corporation sources said that people mistook the terminus for a bus stand. It was a terminus where buses would wait for only a few seconds and depart the place. It was not a bus stand and therefore there was no need to accommodate more buses, as in bus stands.

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