Chennai: The final phase of construction for the new bus terminal in Kelambakkam, known as the "Kalaignar Centenary Bus Terminus," is currently underway. Spanning an extensive area of 59.86 acres, the project is estimated to cost Rs 393.74 crore. The authorities expect to complete the terminal by July, after which it will be operational.
As part of the terminal's operations, transport authorities are issuing instructions to redirect buses from the Koyambedu bus stand to the southern districts, with a focus on serving Kelambakkam. Additionally, plans are underway to increase the number of city buses running to Kelambakkam.
Simultaneously, efforts to facilitate the operation of Omni buses from Kelambakkam have been expedited. To discuss this matter, government officials recently conducted a meeting with Omni bus owners in Chennai. Among the attendees were Ansul Mishra, Member Secretary of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA); L. Nirmalraj, Transport Commissioner; Nellayappan, Deputy Commissioner; Chandrasekhar, Associate Commissioner, and other officials.
During the consultation, the government informed the Omni bus owners about the relocation of the Koyambedu bus stand. Consequently, they suggested relocating the Omni bus stand as well. However, the owners expressed their objections and emphasized that they would only consider moving from Coimbatore if necessary facilities were provided at the new location.
The Omni bus owners stated that the designated area for the bus bay at the proposed Omni bus station currently offers limited facilities, with no provision for essentials such as bus maintenance space or an office. They emphasized the need for these basic amenities to be arranged before considering relocation..