The existing bus shelter will be demolished completely and a new shelter will be constructed in a time bound manner.
The waiting shed at East Fort, the hub of city bus operations, is all set to get major facelift as part of the ongoing ‘Operation Anantha’.
The existing bus shelter will be demolished completely and a new shelter will be constructed in a time bound manner. The project cost will be taken from the 10 crore fund allotted for ‘Operation Anantha’ and the amount will be given only after an estimate is prepared.
After all these years in use, and without proper maintenance, the bus stand became very shabby. The roof was in very real danger of collapse as the supporting beams, suffering from damp had long been rotten. The building is in a dilapidated condition with leaky roofs and broken wobbling concrete slabs with stench coming from the broken drainage. There is no facility for the commuters to sit while waiting for the bus.
Even Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson said in Facebook post that the dilapidated East fort bus bay is a shame to Trivandrum.
“The dilapidated East fort bus bay next to the worlds richest temple is a shame. A modernized bus shelter that reflects our culture & heritage; and offers commuters safety and offers cover from the sun and rain is a crying need of the hour.” said the Chief Secretary.
Earlier TRDCL had plans to demolish the bus shelter creating a six-lane traffic with two bus bays. However, being unable to rehabilitate traders from East Fort due to legal tangles, TRDCL had to drop its original plan which includes beautification of Fort wall. The original plan to construct a shopping complex on the Attakulangara School to rehabilitate these traders was sabotaged by the ‘TreeWalk’ group, an informal venture of tree lovers in the city.
Once the project is complete it will help to reduce the rainwater logging problem faced by the area. The bus terminal in East Fort operates around hundreds of buses handling around thousands of commuters each day.