Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Okay. Stalin on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, instructed the Legislative Assembly that the Kalaingar Centenary Bus Terminus at Kilambakkam close to Chennai was opened lately after resolving many main issues, not simply small hitches.
Responding to Leader of Opposition Edappadi Okay. Palaniswami, the Chief Minister, who intervened through the query hour, mentioned Ministers P.Okay. Sekarbabu (CMDA) and S.S. Sivasankar (Transport) had been able to take the members of the House to the bus terminal to see for themselves, the amenities which were arrange for passengers. “They are ready to address [any] issues,” Mr Stalin mentioned.
The concern was raised by AIADMK member Sellur Okay. Raju, who complained that passengers from southern T.N. districts had been dealing with a whole lot of difficulties after the mofussil bus terminus was moved from Koyambedu (CMBT)` to Kilambakkam.
Transport Minister Mr. Sivasankar reminded Mr Raju that the plan to construct a terminus at Kilambakkam was introduced by the AIADMK authorities however solely 30 per cent of the work had been accomplished by the point the previous regime left workplace. “There will be small hitches when a new project is launched. There were also (similar) complaints when the bus terminus was moved from Parrys Corner to Koyambedu. Subsequently, operations became smooth,” the Minister mentioned.
Mr. Sivasankar additionally defined that 80 per cent of buses had been being operated from Kilambakkam whereas 20 per cent of buses had been being operated from Madhavaram for the good thing about passengers from North Chennai.
Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Minister P.Okay. Sekarbabu, additionally holds the portfolio of CMDA, mentioned although the undertaking was conceived in 2013, tenders had been known as for in 2018 and work began solely in 2019. “Mr. Palaniswami said the facilities at Kilambakkam are not adequate. I would like to point out that the Koyambedu bus terminus covers just 33 acres, but the Kilambakkam terminus has been created on 86 acres of land and the government has spent an additional ₹100 crore to create facilities,” he mentioned. The authorities was additionally planning to hyperlink the terminus with the Metro Rail undertaking, he mentioned.
Mr. Palaniswami mentioned he solely wished the federal government to resolve the small hitches confronted by the passengers. “Since it was opened in a hurry, passengers are launching protests,” he mentioned, including that there was a delay in finishing the work throughout his regime due to the Covid-19 pandemic.