Kilambakkam bus terminal in 3 months, to decongest CMBT
“The construction works of the new bus terminal are in full swing at Kilambakkam and the facility will become operational from next year. I visited the site recently and 70 percent of the work is complete, ”said Anshul Mishra, member secretary of CMDA. He added that the remaining work would be completed in three months.
After a delay of several months, the authority began construction work in 2019. Shortly after work began, it was affected by the COVID lockdown which resulted in a shortage of workers.
The new bus terminal is expected to accommodate around 1.5 lakh of passengers and has parking space for 250 buses, 270 cars and 3,500 two-wheelers. The facility, spread over an area of 44.74 acres, is being installed at an estimated cost of Rs 393.74 crore. The built-up area will be 6.40 lakh square feet. The terminus will have escalators as well as other amenities. It will also have dormitories for the bus crew and a waiting room for passengers.
Recently, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) had started operating its services for Kilambakkam. In another development, CMDA prepared a detailed project report to build a new bus terminal near Tirumazhisai to house buses serving the western districts. The Tirumazhisai terminus will accommodate 160 government buses and 85 omnibuses at a time.
In addition to these, an MTC terminus was also proposed as part of the project on a 7.4 acre plot of land adjacent to the new mofussil bus terminus. CMBT has only 180 active bus parking spaces, 60 inactive parking spaces and separate parking areas for city buses, while Madhavaram mofussil bus terminal has 42 active bus spaces and 50 inactive bus spaces.