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Coimbatore Corpn. reviews project report on integrated bus stand

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The Hindu                     13.04.2013

Coimbatore Corpn. reviews project report on integrated bus stand

Staff Reporter

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 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.

The present town bus stand measures a little over two acres and sees the entry and exit of 550 buses a day.


“Stop collecting parking fee”

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The Hindu                       10.04.2013

“Stop collecting parking fee”

PLEA:Auto drivers thronging the Tirunelveli Corporation on Tuesday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN
PLEA:Auto drivers thronging the Tirunelveli Corporation on Tuesday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Auto drivers operating from Tirunelveli Junction have appealed to the Corporation administration to give up the system of collecting parking fee from the auto drivers.

In the petition submitted to Mayor Vijila Sathyananth, they said they were being compelled to pay Rs. 10 a day to the office-bearers of Tirunelveli Junction Van Drivers’ Association as they were claiming that they had bagged the right for collecting parking fee from the Corporation from April 8 onwards.


Koyambedu market gets 7.46-acre paid parking lot

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The Hindu                     07.04.2013

Koyambedu market gets 7.46-acre paid parking lot

ample space400 vehicles can be parked at a time in the new facility —Photo: K. Pichumani
ample space400 vehicles can be parked at a time in the new facility —Photo: K. Pichumani

Motorists can hope for a relatively less-congested ride around the Koyambedu market area in the coming weeks.

On Friday, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) opened a new parking lot adjacent to the biomethanation plant. Several lorries, omni-buses and other vehicles that enter the congested market area will be allowed to park in the 7.46-acre open space, for a fee.

The Koyambedu Market Management Committee has identified a contractor and handed over the space to the private entity. Heavy vehicles that require extended stay in the market will be parked in the new facility. Unauthorised parking on the roads is likely to attract severe punishment.

Talking about the new facility, the contractor, Parminder Singh Anand, said 400 vehicles could be parked at a time in the new facility. On an average, 1,500 lorries and other heavy vehicles come to the market every day, bringing in vegetables, fruits and flowers.

Many of these heavy vehicles are parked in a haphazard manner in the vicinity of Koyambedu market leading to heavy traffic congestion during the day. Counters have been set up at the entry and exit points of the new parking area. In addition to the new facility, other initiatives to ease traffic congestion in Koyambedu were introduced this week.

The CMDA, on Friday, also issued a Rs. 20-crore work order for another double-level basement parking facility at the mofussil bus terminus. Over 3,000 motorcycles and 50 cars can be accommodated in the facility, which will be commissioned in a year.

A new link road connecting A Road and E Road will be constructed to facilitate free flow of traffic, an official said.

“More than 99 percent of work on the makeover of roads and drains in the market complex has been completed,” the official said.

The market committee is implementing the work which includes creation of new stormwater drains, widening of roads and concretisation of a 350-metre road connecting gates 7 and 14 that are used by heavy vehicles.

A slew of such efforts are expected to ease congestion in the market which witnesses over one lakh visitors a day.


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