Chennai: To decongest the ever busy Tambaram-Perungalathur stretch of GST Road during Deepavali, a temporary bus stand will be set up in Kilambakkam between Vandalur and Urapakkam for three days from October 26 for the state express transport corporation and omni buses. The makeshift arrangement was made by the Kancheepuram district administration considering the large number of people leaving to their hometowns from the city throng the Perungalathur to catch long distance buses.
The temporary bus stand in Kilambakkam will serve passengers who have booked their tickets in omni buses and the SETC. Since omni and SETC buses will not be allowed to ply inside the city during the Deepavali festival, those buses will leave from Koyambedu to take Outer Ring Road via Poonamallee to reach Vandalur avoiding Tambaram-Perungalathur stretch, said an official.
The bus stand has been formed in part of the 86 acre of land handed over by the Kancheepuram district administration to the CMDA to construction a bus terminus, the official said, pointing to the failed attempts to construct a bus terminus in Vandalur and Guduvancherry after protest by farmers and the local people.
The official added that MTC buses that would be parked near the Vandalur zoo would also be moved to the makeshift bus stand. At present, the official said that work was on to lay a temporary road. A police outpost will also be set up, the official said, adding that local body administration has taken up works to provide lighting arrangements and mobile toilets facilities for passengers.