TAMIL NADU

Deliberations on about new bus stand for Karur

L. Renganathan

KARUR: Talk of establishing a new or additional bus stand in lieu of the existing Muthukumarasamy Bus Stand in the heart of the town here revived with the visit of the Additional Commissioner of Municipal Administration Senthil Kumar on Friday. The senior official discussed the pros and cons of the various sites on offer during his visit. There are diverging interests on the need to relocate the cramped bus stand that is bursting at its seams.

There has been a long-felt demand for establishing a spacious bus stand for Karur as the present bus stand was turning out to be inadequate for serving the burgeoning population and buses. For some years now, a search was on for finding the suitable location.

The reported unwillingness of a section of the Karur Municipal Council is standing in the way of Karur denizens getting an expanded and more spacious bus stand as is exemplified in the resolution that the local body had passed expressing itself against any move to shift the bus stand.

For a rapidly developing and industrialized town like Karur, a small one such as the present one could hardly meet the demands of commuters and transporters. Reports from the Department of Transport reveal that at least 90 town buses and 560 mofussil buses frequent the present bus stand every day. While the terminus must accommodate 100 buses, the present bus stand has parking bays for just 55 buses. On an average, a bus arrives at the bus stand every two minutes.

Assembly Petitions Committee, Assurances Committee and a slew of forums such as the Karur Chamber of Commerce, Bus Owners’ Association have reflected the public demand for a roomy bus stand.

Then a search ensued which zeroed in on an 8.01 acre site at Thoranakkalpatti for establishing the additional mofussil bus stand, preferring the site over the claims of three other sites. This site is ideal in that it is proximate to the highways connecting Tiruchi, Dindigul-Madurai, Erode-Coimbatore and Salem.

One section of the ruling party favours the change while another is opposed to the idea. Vested interests are also aiding those thwarting the change. Whatever the reason be, there is a shared feeling that it would be good to move the bus stand.

Unfortunately, differing politicians and dithering administrations have contributed to the singular lack of urgency in identifying a site for new bus stand for Karur so far.

Besides being cramped, the existing bus stand does not qualify for a quality bus terminal fit for a town boasting a turn over of Rs. 3,500 crore a year through varied ventures such as textile exports, bus body building and finance lending.

During his visit to Karur, Mr. Senthil Kumar discussed with the officials concerned the prospects of shifting or retaining the bus stand. He held deliberations with the officials of the Karur, Inam Karur and Thanthoni municipalities that had sought to have the bus stand in the vicinity. The Municipal chairpersons P. Sivakamsundari (Karur), Kavitha Ganesan (Inam Karur) and Revathi Jayaraj (Thanthoni) also held talks with Mr. Senthil Kumar.

Mr. Senthil Kumar inspected sites at Achimangalam, Thoranakkalpatti and Kathaparai that are thought to be suitable for relocating the present bus stand.

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