Shops in Mamallapuram remain closed

Staff Reporter

Traders stage fast against move to shift bus terminus

KANCHEEPURAM: Several shops in Mamallapuram remained closed on Monday as representatives of all political parties and local traders observed a fast protesting the move to shift the bus stand to Pooncheri.

A small stretch of road in front of the Sthalasayana Perumal Temple has been serving as a terminating point for bus services operated by the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Villupuram Division, Kancheepuram, and the Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Chennai. Passengers are dropped and picked at this point, where a shelter was constructed last year at the cost of Rs.10 lakh.

With the increase in number of buses operated to and via Mamallapuram, considerable space at this point is being used for parking buses, leading to traffic jams during rush hours.

The State government, on recommendation from the local body, chalked out a proposal to construct a new bus terminus at Pooncheri on East Coast Road, one of the hamlets coming under the Mamallapuram Town Panchayat, and prepared a detailed project report.

But, the traders and local political leaders opposed the move, stating that shifting of the bus stand would create hardships for the local people as commuters would be forced to walk a couple of km to reach their respective destinations from the new terminus.

While opposing the move to set up the new terminus at Pooncheri, the demonstrators suggested that a tank in front of the Karukathamman Koil on the outskirts of Mamallapuram town could be filled with earth and the bus stand shifted there.

Meanwhile, enquiries reveal that the area suggested by the traders and political leaders near Karukathamman Koil was selected for the construction of a bus stand during the early 1990’s.

However, the move was dropped after a soil test proved negative.

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