Vellore City Municipal Corporation (VCMC) is going to build a new bus terminus in the city under the Smart Cities mission. The construction is expected to commence from January after getting preliminary clearances, and is expected to be completed by December 2021. The bus terminus entails a total estimated cost of ₹45.61 crore in an existing land of 9.25 acres.
According to reports, a two-tier bus terminus was initially proposed, but after soil tests were conducted by experts, it was decided to construct a single-tier bus terminus with all modern facilities.
The bus terminus will feature 84 bays including 11 idle bays and eight bays for local bus services. It will also hold a car parking facility, a two-wheeler parking space, a reverse osmosis water plant, a toilet block, feeding rooms for mothers, and 60 commercial shops on the ground floor and first floor.
A meeting was held last week to hear the views of stakeholders. Auto-rickshaw drivers, bus owners association representatives and political party representatives shared their views on improving the existing bus stand. At the end of the meeting, it was proposed that buses be operated from four places in Vellore during the construction of the new bus stand.
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Buses to Vaniyambadi, Tirupattur, Dharmapuri, Hosur, Salem and Bengaluru would be operated from Manga Mandi; buses to Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet and Tambaram from old bus stand; buses to Tiruvannamalai, Arni and Polur from Anna Kalai Arangam on Anna Salai; and buses to Katpadi and beyond from Chittoor bus stand.