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Integrated bus stand for Tiruchi soon, says CM

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Addressing one of the long felt needs of the residents, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday announced that an integrated bus stand would soon be established in Tiruchi.

In line with an announcement made by the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, he said a detailed project report has been prepared through a consultant for establishing the bus stand at Kottapattu. “After technical and financial scrutiny, a suitable business model would be decided to execute the project,” Mr. Palaniswami announced here while speaking at the MGR centenary celebration.

The move comes amidst rising resentment and frustration among city residents and activists over the long delay in giving shape to the proposal.

The proposal was mooted as early 1990s but a consensus had eluded the choice of a suitable site for the facility.

Different sites were considered at Devadhanam off the Tiruchi-Chennai Bypass Road, the Ariyamangalam compost yard, Ramji Nagar on the Tiruchi-Dindigul National Highway, Pirattiyur, Panchapur and Kottapattu on the Pudukottai National Highway at different points of time during the earlier DMK and AIADMK regimes. Towards the end of the previous AIADMK government, a high-level official meeting was held to discuss the issue and the site at Kottapattu was reportedly favoured.

The Chief Minister also announced that new road over bridges would be built across the railway level crossings (Nos.226, 323 and 249 ) between Kattur and Lalgudi railway stations, between Manjathidal and Tiruverumbur railway stations and between Srirangam and Tiruchi Town railway stations.

The Highways department would also build eight new bridges in different parts of the district including one across Kattar on the Kallakudi-Thappai road, he annouced.

Four-lane highway

Pointing out that the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given in principle approval for upgrading the Tiruchi-Namakkal State Highway as a National Highway, Mr. Palaniswami said steps would be taken to make it a four-lane highway.

The Chief Minister also announced a slew of new facilities and additional infrastructure at various government hospitals in the district including the K. A. P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital.


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