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Objection to collecting parking fee

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The Hindu                 03.05.2013

Objection to collecting parking fee

An effort of the civic administration to ease problems on the parking front ran into rough weather here on Thursday.

Since indiscriminate and haphazard parking by a sizeable section of the local community, particularly traders, had been identified as the main cause for the aggravation of parking-related problems in crowded and busy parts of the town, the municipality had decided to collect parking fees in order to prevent such vehicles from being parked for hours together.

A resolution to this effect had also been passed at the last meeting of the Udhagamandalam Municipal Council.

Since it had taken some time to complete the formalities relating to tender, municipal officials themselves had started collecting parking fees from May 1 on the Upper Bazaar, Lower Bazaar, Commercial, Wenlock, Etienne’s and Onslows roads.

On Thursday some drivers including those driving lorries refused to pay fees for their vehicles parked on the Upper Bazaar road. They got into an argument with N. Nandhakumar, Assistant Revenue Officer who had gone to the spot. Mr. Nandhakumar said that the majority of the traders were extending their cooperation.

The fee collection had been mooted mainly to curb the practice of occupying precious parking space for hours together, often 12 hours and more. Condemned vehicles were being parked for months together.

A sum of Rs. 10 a day was being collected for two-wheeler, Rs. 50 for four-wheelers, Rs. 100 for vans and mini buses. The municipality would not hesitate to tow away vehicles for which parking fees have not been paid.

Owing to lack of parking space near the market, tourists were forced to park their vehicles far away. This affects the business of the merchants inside the market.


Jayalalithaa announces setting up of a new bus terminus in Vandalur

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The Times of India               30.04.2013

Jayalalithaa announces setting up of a new bus terminus in Vandalur

CHENNAI: Chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced the setting up of a new bus terminus in Vandalur.

Noting that the CMBT in Koyambedu was getting congested, she said a new terminus was required. "With a wholesale market nearby, vehicles can only travel at a speed of 10kmph," she said in the assembly. She made the announcement under statement 110 during the session.

Sources in the Chennai metropolitan development authority, which is responsible for setting up the terminus, say that a 65-acre plot has been identified and work will begin soon. The Koyambedu terminus with its 36-acre campus was touted as Asia's largest when it was opened in 2002 during the previous ADMK regime. "All south bound buses from cities like Madurai as well as from western regions like Coimbatore and Kerala will use the new terminus. Buses from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will continue to use the terminus at Koyambedu," said a senior official from the state transport corporation.

Of the 2,100 buses that use the existing terminus at Koyambedu, some 1,250 are south bound. The terminus was designed to handle 180 buses plus parking facilities for 60 more buses on a daily basis. However, officials say at least 500 buses crowd the terminus on any given day. The situation gets only worse during festive days like diwali, new year and pongal, when the traffic police make elaborate diversions to ensure smooth traffic flow. Officials from the state express transport corporation say the new terminus will help them plan and manage their timings better.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:17

Coimbatore Corpn. reviews project report on integrated bus stand

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The Hindu                       14.04.2013

Coimbatore Corpn. reviews project report on integrated bus stand

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The project is likely to cost the Government Rs. 120 crore

To be spread over 12.58 acres, the integrated bus stand at Gandhipuram will be ready in about two-and-half year’s time if the Coimbatore Corporation has its way.

The civic body took the first step towards realising the new bus stand by reviewing the detailed project report that the agency engaged for the purpose submitted on Friday.

According to Mayor S.M. Velusamy, the agency has submitted the report, which the Coimbatore Corporation will forward to the State Government for funds.

The entire project is likely to cost the Government Rs. 120 crore.

The Corporation will try to secure the Local Planning Authority funds to meet a part of the expenditure, contribute around Rs. 30 crore from its General Fund and then avail of the remaining money as loan or subsidy from any of the State’s funding agencies.

Mr. Velusamy says that the Corporation will move the Government to also take possession of a portion of the Coimbatore Central Prison grounds, which it was promised in lieu of the land in Vellalore which it gave to the Home Department.

As per the detailed project report, the bus stand will have fives lakh square feet, the ability to accommodate 166 buses at any point in time and around 600 cars in the multi-level car parking.

Of the 166 buses, 132 will be for the mofussil and the rest for the city buses.

The city buses will be accommodated in seven parking bays.

The Mayor says that the design provision accommodates the proposed flyover in Gandhipuram in that pedestrians will be able to directly reach the bay they want to board buses.

Their movement on the ground will be limited to a great extent.

On the first floor the bus stand will have shops — around 200, each measuring approximately 220 sq.ft. It will have two entry points and four exit points.

Deputy Commissioner S. Sivarasu says that the civic body will take into confidence the Coimbatore City Police in deciding the entry and exit points and also their number. Plus, the civic body was also contemplating sharing the integrated bus stand report with the public through its website for inviting suggestions.


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