Residents Fume As 5.39 Cr Vellalore Town Panchayat Bus Terminal Still Lies Unused | Coimbatore News – Times of India

Coimbatore: While the Vellalore integrated bus terminal construction work, taken up by the city corporation has not made any progress, a bus terminal constructed for the Vellalore town panchayat has not been brought to use even one-and-a-half years after it was inaugurated.
Fourteen bus services connect Vellalore residents to the city. The buses terminate their service at the MGR Statue in Vellalore, instead of the new bus terminal on Vellalore-Podanur Road, which was constructed at a cost of 5.39 crore and was inaugurated by former municipal administration minister S P Velumani.
The terminal has 15 shops, including two allotted for ATMs. A well-maintained garden adds a touch of charm to the facility. But except for one shop, the rest are kept under lock and key.
The Vellalore town panchayat is deploying workers religiously to clean the facility as the chairman of the panchayat is an AIADMK functionary.
Residents want authorities to operate buses from the terminal. “We have to hire an autorickshaw to reach MGR Statue to catch a bus to Singanallur. The terminal constructed by spending crores of taxpayers’ money should be brought to use,” said G Vijaya, a resident.
E Kannan, who is running a hotel in the terminal, said several businessmen had spent 3 lakh each to rent the 13 shops in the terminal.