Chennai: Guduvanchery, a fast-growing suburb on GST Road, may replace Tambaram as the gateway to South Chennai with the government planning the establishment of a new mofussil bus terminus for decongesting traffic on the city’s outskirts.

Buses bound for south Tamil Nadu will depart from the proposed multi-storey terminus, likely to come up on 30 acres of land situated at Nandivaram in Guduvanchery. “We have sent a report to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), suggesting the utilisation of 50 acres of land belonging to the Nandeeswarar Shiva temple. In turn, CMDA has replied that 30 acres of land would be enough for the project,” a revenue department official at Kanchipuram district, who is privy to the development, told TOI.

Since the temple is managed by the Government-run Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, transfer of land will be easy, sources say. Official sources said the government was keen on implementing the project here as it has limited options: it has faced legal issues over using a piece of land at Kilambakkam and opposition by farmers at Vandalur against acquisition of prime agricultural land.

“This (Nandivaram in Guduvanchery) is an ideal location for establishing the mofussil bus terminus as the vacant land is situated adjacent to a local bus terminus from where MTC buses are operated to different parts of Chennai,” the official said.

An existing local bus terminus would facilitate changeover of passengers from long-distance buses to city buses (MTC services). The land at Nandivaram is situated 500 metres from the suburban railway station at Guduvanchery, giving commuters an additional option of travelling by Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains to reach their destination in the city.

The new terminus would ease traffic bottlenecks at Perungalathur with all south-bound buses to depart from Guduvanchery, instead of proceeding to the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) at Koyembedu through the Chennai Bypass. Everyday, 3,000 buses depart from CMBT, of which around 1,650 buses are bound for the south and pass through Perungalathur.

However, it is not clear whether there are any plans to create a similar facility for omnibuses. The new facility would also improve transport facilities for local people as more services could be started, who are presently dependent on scarce train services to the south.

Residents of Nandivaram are elated about the terminus, hoping that the move would boost development in villages around the Nandivaram-Guduvanchery town panchayat. Appreciation of land prices and creation of urban amenities including underground drainage system would be a reality, they believe. “If the government is going ahead with its plans for the new terminus, villages surrounding this area will get a facelift. This apart, the vacant land under threat of encroachment would be put to good use,” Ethiraja, a longtime resident of Nandivaram said. Residents will have better access to places like Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur. They have to travel to Tambaram to reach these places now.

Realtors in the locality are hopeful of a real estate boom in the event of the terminus coming up. Unsold housing plots in villages around Guduvanchery would get buyers, they said.
Source: TOI-Che