The Coimbatore Municipal Corporation is planning to develop the omnibus terminal at Gandhipuram by utilizing Rs 3.5 crore from the Central Grants Fund (CGF).
Corporation commissioner M Prathap said a proposal had been sent to the government seeking its approval for the developmental work. “The terminal will get facilities like a canopy, a waiting room, a clock room, a baby feeding room, a parking lot and toilet facilities. A detailed project report and design have been shared with the state government for approval,” the commissioner said.
A corporation official said the terminal was constructed in 2008 when omnibus operations were picking up. Since then, the demand for omnibuses has proliferated with mushrooming of software and corporate companies in the city.
“The present facility can accommodate 40 buses. But more than 200 buses are operated from the terminal in a day on average. It will go up on weekends and holidays,” he said.
A private company has designed the new design for the terminal. All modern-day requirements for a bus terminal have been included in the detailed project report, the official added.
V Prasanth, a regular user of the terminal, said the development of the terminal has been long overdue. “The terminal turns dirty, and water stagnates during the rainy seasons. “There is no proper toilet, a waiting room, or a dedicated place to sit and eat food. The terminal is also congested. If there is a scope to extend the terminal, it should be considered without thinking twice,” he said.
The corporation official said space cannot be extended further due to the lack of land availability. There is a vacant space available next to the terminal. It is meant for developing a solid waste management centre, he said.
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