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SRIRANGAN, among the four zones of Tiruchy Corporation, accounts for just 28 per cent of the total 167.3 sq. lun. area under the civic body. It accounts for 30 per cent (approximately 2.7 lakh) of the total population of 9.16 lakh as per the 2011 census, re-siding in Srirangam, besides, handling a floating population of seven lakh tourists every month. The island-town is known as a pilgrimage centre but has been in dire need of a bus depot. The proliferation of parked buses has led to frequent traffic snarls for the past few years. However, residents have now come forward and identified an unused Corporation park cover-ing two acres which could be converted to a bus stand. According to Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), the town is well connected by road with both domes-tic and mofussil bus services be-sides a few omni buses plying to and from Chennai. As many as 250 bus services connect Srirangam with Central Bus Stand, Chatiram Bus Stand and Tiruchy Railway Junction. However, government and pri-vate buses haphazardly park close to the Rajagopuram and the narrow roads of the temple town find it hard to accommodate them. "A bus stand for Srirangam has been under discussion for several years now but nothing has taken shape. Only during the times of VVIP darshan

How many pilgrims visit Srirangam? In a reply to RTI query in May 2017 by one of the denizens, HR&CE officials have replied that a total of five to seven lakh domestic pilgrims and 25,000 international tourists visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple every month
Areas prone to traffic snarls Amma Mandapam Ragavendrapuram Gandhi Road Ranga Nagar
irangam, randomly parked bus-es would be regulated but a bus stand as a permanent solution is not discussed much," M  Thiruvengadan Yadav, a long-time resident of Srirangam, told Express. To identify any vacant land is a rarity in Srirangam, with the island developing fast and the presence of many apartment complexes and gated communities. As the civic body's park is next to the Srirangam Zonal Corporation Office on Gandhi Road, it remains unused by the public with only hawkers enter-ing the premises at night. Seeing an opportunity, residents have urged the civic body to convert the unused public space into a
bus stand. "The park, close to Rajagopuram, Gandhi Road and Government Hospital here, is an ideal place for pilgrims, the public and even patients of Srirangam General Hospital to access bus-es," P Selvam, a businessman from near Ranga Nagar, said. TNSTC officials acknowledged the park is an ideal spot fora bus stand and is wide enough to park at least 40 to 50 buses at a time. Senior Corporation officials told Express that a proposal is on the anvil to establish a stand near Melur on the outskirts of Srirangam. They said converting a park into a bus depot was not a viable option.
Source: epaper. . dinamani. com/c/20328892 

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