Major renovation work at Arapalayam bus stand

Staff Reporter

MADURAI : The Madurai Corporation has undertaken a major renovation work at the Arapalayam bus stand.

The works, taken up at a cost of Rs. 40 lakhs, will bring in daily revenue of around Rs. 4000 to the local body by way of collecting fee from around 400 buses that use the bus stand.

The City Engineer, K. Sakthivel, said the bus stand did not receive any major attention of the officials, as it was considered only a temporary facility after the Mattuthavani integrated bus stand came into being.

However, with the remaining portion of the ring road unlikely to come up in the near future, the Corporation decided to renovate the bus stand.

"We need to provide certain basic facilities at the bus stand to fulfil the norms established by the Regional Transport Office to collect fees for the buses," the City Engineer said. A total of 25 bays would be constructed and already works on laying 13 bays were over. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation has demanded enough space to park a total of 37 buses at a given time.

The Corporation recently evicted all 19 shops on the bus stand premises to get enough space.

All the bays would be provided with new shelters. The officials have also removed a few shelters from the bay rendered idle at the Anna bus stand, to be put up at the Arapalayam bus stand.

The Corporation would also provide other facilities, such as seating, drinking water and information boards.

A new pay-and-use toilet would be constructed there at a cost of Rs. 6 lakhs.

On the traders' demand to retain them at the bus stand, Mr. Sakthivel said that the local body was considering allowing some shops, provided there was some space to spare for them.

Regarding the Anna bus stand, he said that the council had already passed a resolution to hand over the land housing the bus stand to the Government Rajaji hospital for constructing multi-speciality wards.