The work for the rejuvenation of the Chathiram bus-terminus, including the establishment of a vehicles park under the Smart City plan will start after several shops getting vacated at the earliest.
According to a Tiruchi Corporation official, several vegetable vendors’ refuse to vacate the place, the Madurai Corporation which filed a case against them to evict their occupied places as early as possible to rejuvenate the Chathiram Bus Stand. However, some of the merchants have already moved to the newly built market area, still some more of them yet to vacate the place.
The proposed rejuvenation work at the Chathiram bus terminus would be carried out at a total cost of Rs 17 crores, including the construction of a vehicles’ park for the conveniences of the local people to leave their vehicles when they leave for Cuddalore, Perambalur and Ariyalur from the bus stand.
According to an official from the Corporation, the vegetable vendors had requested the court to give them time to vacate till the Deepavali festival.
Though the bhoomi-pooja for the construction work of the bus-stand was carried out three months ago, the Corporation could not begin the work, as they were waiting for the Deepavali festival to end, the Corporation sources said.
The Chathiram bus-terminus would be built in two-storey building, with provision for 17 shops on the ground-floor and 16 shops on the first-floor. The bus-stand would come up with a compound wall, after removing all thatched roofs and the proposed vehicles’ park would come up for parking of 350 vehicles, said the Corporation Officer.
Besides, the terminus would be facilitated with rest rooms, lactation rooms for mothers, toilet facilities for both the sex, said the Corporation officer.