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Municipality plans to construct subway

By G. Srinivasan

THANJAVUR, MAY 26. The Thanjavur Municipality will construct a subway at an outlay of Rs. 95 lakhs between the old bus stand and the Thiruvaiyaru bus stand across Gandhi Road near the Anna statue.

According to the Municipal Commissioner, Mannar, the Highways Department had given technical clearance for the project and the work would be taken up after putting it out to tender.

Traffic congestion is order of the day at this place and around the Anna statue. With two bus stands remaining just opposite to each other, people cross the road to get into town buses aggravating the situation.

The old bus stand is a busy market area with too many shops and hotels situated around it. After inauguration of the new bus stand near Rajah Serfoji College in 1995, constructed at a cost of over Rs. 1.5 crores, the old bus stand near the Anna statue was left to town buses. Mofussil buses coming from the new bus stand arrive at the old bus stand and proceed to their destinations. Town buses going to various destinations like Orathanadu, Medical College, Vallam and Ammapettai start from the old bus stand while town buses bound for Thiruvaiyaru start from another bus stand just opposite to it. Hence, the old bus stand remains always congested.

According to Oppili, Divisional Manager, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, the TNSTC operates 96 town buses from the two bus stands every day. Besides, 16 private town buses are operated. Forty-eight mofussil buses cross the bus stand.

Residents say that mofussil buses should not be allowed to enter the town but stopped at the new bus stand. Thanjavur has a ring road connecting all roads leading to Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Pattukottai, Mannargudi, Nagapattinam, Kumbakonam and Thiruvaiyaru. If mofussil buses reach new bus stand through the ring road, it would ease congestion in the town and people can use town buses to commute inside the town.

Numerous schools are situated in the area. Besides, new entrance to the railway station, roads leading to Nanjikottai, Tholkappiar Square and low-bridge make Mary's Corner a heavily congested area.

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