Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin inaugurates Kilambakkam bus terminus near Chennai

Transport Minister Sivashankar said that SETC buses will shift to Kilambakkam with immediate effect, while TNSTC buses will shift after Pongal.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 30, 2023 | 4:13 PMUpdatedDec 30, 2023 | 4:13 PM

MK Stalin inagurating the new bus terminus

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, on Saturday, 30 December, inaugurated the bus terminus at Kilambakkam near Chennai and flagged off bus services from the new facility.

The Kalaignar Centenary Bus Terminus (KCBT), Kilambakkam, in Chengalpattu district, is the largest such one in the state and it will be a transport hub strategically designed to address the escalating traffic congestion within the city, especially around the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) at Koyambedu.

Until now, CMBT was the largest bus terminus providing inter-state bus services in the city, causing the area to become heavily congested, particularly during public holidays, festival holidays, and long weekends. Residents of the surrounding areas have been awaiting the new terminus for some time now.

The new bus terminus

Covering an expansive 88.52 acres, this terminus was established at a cost of ₹393.74 crore. It has all modern facilities including ATMs, about 100 shops, retiring rooms for 340 drivers, 100 male passengers, and 40 such rooms for women passengers, pharmacies, separate restrooms for transgenders, and disabled-friendly facilities.

Buses bound for the South belonging to the SETC, TNSTC, PRTC, and private operators (omnibuses) will be operated from Kilambakkam terminus, where 16 platforms and 215 bus bays have been established, an official release in Chennai said.

“This is a significant milestone in our journey towards an advanced and efficient public transportation network,” it said.

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Maintenance and operations

The operation and maintenance of this bus terminus has been awarded to a single concessionaire, appointed through an online tender bidding process for a period of 15 years in a unique and first-of-its-kind arrangement in the state, the release further said.

State Transport Minister SS Sivashankar said that SETC will begin with immediate effect, while six divisions of the  TNSTC will shift their operations after Pongal.

“Private bus operators (omnibuses) have requested to operate from Koyambedu since they have already taken bookings for Pongal,” said Sivashankar. He added that buses to Bengaluru and those via ECR will be operated from CMBT.

“An MTC bus will be operated once every five minutes from Koyambedu to Kilambakkam while an MTC bus will be run between Tambaram and Kilambakkam every two minutes for the benefit of the passengers,” State Transport Minister SS Sivashankar said.

State Ministers TM Anbarasan (MSME) and PK Sekar Babu (Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments) and senior officials participated in the event.

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