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Court moved on bus shelters

NUMB TO PUBLIC DEMAND: For months now bus passengers in front of the Government General Hospital in Chennai have been languishing without bus shelters. — Photo: K. Pichumani

NUMB TO PUBLIC DEMAND: For months now bus passengers in front of the Government General Hospital in Chennai have been languishing without bus shelters. — Photo: K. Pichumani  

Corporation `must make seating facilities in bus stops'

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A public interest litigation petition seeking to direct the Government to build bus shelters near the Government General Hospital, and provide seating facilities at LIC bus stop, and TVS bus stop has been filed in the Madras High Court.

In his petition, advocate C. Lakshmi Narain said the Government must provide sufficient bus shelters in the city with seating facilities. He said bus stops on Perambur High Road, and at Mettupalayam, Mangalapuram and Binny Mills had no shelters. "A similar situation prevails at the Otteri bus stop on Strahans Road towards ICF, and five bus stops between Kumaran Nagar and Kalpana Hotel stop on the Madras-Tiruvallur High Road do not have shelters."

He said the Corporation of Chennai, which was the competent authority to provide bus shelters and other passenger amenities, "was shirking its responsibilities and was passing it on to the Transport Corporation."

Mr. Narain said passengers, especially women, children and senior citizens, suffered without shelters and amenities at waiting places, and added that the authorities were bound to provide all the necessary facilities to the general public. "The pathetic situation in the city is mainly due to the indifference on the part of officials, though the public transport corporation is making huge profits," he said. He asked for a direction to the authorities to provide adequate shelters, especially adjacent to the new Government Hospital boundary wall, and to ensure seating arrangements at various bus shelters in the city.

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