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Bus services on interior roads sought

K. Lakshmi

Kallikuppam commuters walk all the way to the main road

Photo: K.Pichumani

Welcome addition: The launch of two new MTC services to Kallikuppam has received good response from the commuters. —

CHENNAI: The launch of two additional bus services from Kallikuppam to Vandalur and Vallalar Nagar, including a new route, last week has brought cheer to the residents of the western suburb. However, they want these services to be operated on the interior roads of Kallikuppam, as per an earlier plan, and not restricted to the stretch of Ambattur-Red Hills Road.

While the 170L service between Kallikuppam and Vandalur via the Ambattur Industrial Estate is new, the other service M248 A is an extension of the existing one between Pudur and Vallalar Nagar. Sources in the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) in Ambattur said that two buses each were being operated on the routes. Eight bus trips are operated daily between Kallikuppam and Vandalur. Patronage has been on the rise for the new services. The collection of the MTC on 170L service is about Rs.6,000 on Sunday.

P. Bhagya, a resident of Kallikuppam, said: “With the introduction of the new services, it is convenient to reach Tambaram or Ayanavaram. Earlier, the commuters had little option but to take the other MTC services operated along the Ambattur- Red Hills Road.” However, the residents feel that the benefits of the new services would be immense if they are operated on interior parts of Kallikuppam. Though the launch of two services has reduced the travel in crowded buses and the walk to the Pudur bus stand some distance away, commuters, including students, still have to walk to the main road to take the buses. Radha Loganathan, who lives on the Kallikuppam Road, said the proposal for a bus terminus near the Soka Ikeda College in Kallikuppam should also be implemented at the earliest.

It has been pending for over a year now, she said. Besides residents of interior areas, those living in neighbouring places such as Surapet, Madhanangkuppam and Puthagaram would also benefit from the facility.

Plea for more trips

Residents also wanted more trips to be operated on the 62 E route (Koyambedu-Madanangkuppam) as it is the only service from the interior roads to the city.

Ambattur Municipal Chairman and Kallikuppam councillor K.N. Sekar said that the process of establishing the bus terminus across 10 acres had been initiated. “The municipality has been asked to pay Rs.250 a square foot for the proposed site. We are negotiating the price,” he said. Once the terminus is constructed, which is expected to take six months, the two new services would be operated to the interior parts of Kallikuppam, he added.

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