Work on integrated bus stand begins amid unanswered questions
he way the Coimbatore Corporation has started the Vellalore integrated bus terminus project raises doubts if it will help decongest the city.
It will be constructed on 61.62 acre land near the Vellalore dump yard
On January 24, Municipal Administration Minister S.P. Velumani kick-started the work to construct an integrated bus terminus at Vellalore by participating in the ground-breaking ceremony.
The Coimbatore Corporation, with financial support from the State Government, will construct in the next two years the terminus on 61.62 acre land near its dump yard at ₹ 168 crore.
The State Government took over the project about four months ago after the Central Government attempted to build a bus port under the Bharat Mala scheme. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had made an announcement in this regard here in December 2017 that the Central Government would fund two bus port projects in the State – one in Salem and another in Coimbatore.
Consequent upon the Central Government’s decision, the Coimbatore Corporation shared with the National Highways the detailed project report it had prepared to construct a new bus stand. After a series of back and forth correspondences, the State Government decided to take over the project by funding 50% of the project cost. The Corporation was to bear the rest.
Sources familiar with the developments said, the National Highways’ queries related to the bus port project were what the Corporation proposed to do with the dump yard, which had around 19 lakh cubic metre accumulated waste, and the expansion of roads around the proposed bus port to ensure easy movement of buses.
As the State Government and the Corporation were insistent on having the bus port at Vellalore and as the National Highways was unhappy with the location, the Government decided to take over the project.
The sources said the Highways was concerned about the width of the Podanur-Chettipalayam Road being inadequate to accommodate the increased bus movement, the absence of wide roads from Vellalore to Singanallur and, similarly, from Vellalore to the Chengapalli-Walayar Bypass Road.
Minister Mr. Velumani, however, said that the Government decided to go ahead with the Corporation's plan to construct the bus terminus at Vellalore because it could not find an alternative land.
Further justifying the decision, he said the waste lying accumulated at the Vellalore yard would not be a problem as the Corporation would soon start processing it, and, the State Government had proposed to construct a grade separator (elevated corridor) from the Chengapalli-Walayar Bypass to the bus terminus.
If the State Government and Corporation had drawn such plans why was it that they were unable to respond satisfactorily to the queries the National Highways had raised, asked Coimbatore Consumer Cause secretary K. Kathirmathiyon.
The land that the Government and Corporation had finalised for the bus terminus would serve no purpose because connecting Vellalore to the city and roads that led to towns nearby would always be a problem.
By constructing the bus terminus at Vellalore, how does the Government or Corporation propose to serve buses from Mettupalayam, Sathyamangalam, Tiruppur or Erode. If the Government or Corporation did not have a plan, it only showed that they have not thought through the bus terminus plan in a comprehensive fashion but were interested only in constructing a new facility.
If buses from Mettupalayam or Sathyamangalam or Ooty were to pass through Gandhipuram to reach Vellalore, how would it ease congestion within the city, something that the Minister and the Corporation had been talking about as the prime objective behind the bus terminus project.
And, if the Government were to order the termination of all buses in Vellalore and introduce additional bus service to city, it would again lead to congestion.
Besides, the commuters would be forced to spend more – from their starting point to Vellalore and from there to the city, Mr. Kathirmathiyon pointed out.
Corporation officials, however, said they were yet to work out such operational details but proposed to do so within the two years it took to construct the terminus. Similarly, the Corporation was yet to talk to the State Highways for widening the approach roads to the terminus.
This was nothing short of the ‘cutting the foot to suit the boot’ approach, the consumer activist quipped. In addition to the location of the Vellalore bus terminus, the absence of proper connectivity, the possibility of commuters paying more, there was another issue that the Corporation seemed to be oblivious to.
The Madras High Court had in an order clearly said that buses to destinations less than 55 km would necessarily have to reach Gandhipuram. How the Corporation planned to get around this and given the others challenges, it seemed to have gone ahead with the bus terminus project without addressing all issues, he added.
Then how it will be constructed there???https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/vellalore-bus-stand-project-may-land-corporation-in-trouble/article30804402.ece
Vellalore bus stand project **MAY** ‘land’ Corporation in trouble
The land is in the possession of Coimbatore Integrated Waste Management Company Private Limited
Coimbatore Corporation has started work to build an integrated bus stand in Vellalore on a land that it does not possess. The Corporation is investing on the land around 50 % of the ₹ 168-crore project to develop the bus stand, spread over 61.62 acres, in its dump yard in Vellalore. But the Corporation had leased out the land and another 120 acre to the company that process a part of the city's waste, Coimbatore Integrated Waste Management Company Pvt. Ltd.(CIWMCPL).
The Corporation had leased out the land in 2008, for which the State Government issued an order – G.O. (Ms) 76 of May 9, 2008. Thereafter, the Corporation entered into a lease agreement with the CIWMCPL on October 6, 2008. The lease clearly says that the entire land (181 acre) shall be in the CIWMCPL’s possession for 20 years from the date of commissioning the waste management project.
Sources familiar with the development say that as CIWMCPL started operations on April 1, 2011, it will possess the land till 2031.
The CIWMCPL has established a waste processing plant on the land to manage nearly 50% of the city’s waste – around 500 tonnes a day, erected temporary sheds for its 150-odd workers, mostly migrant labourers, and built a school for their children.
Municipal Administration Minister S.P. Velumani kickstarted the bus stand project by participating in the ground-breaking ceremony on January 24.
Sources say that after the Minister kick started the construction, a few persons asked the CIWMCPL to vacate a part of the 181 acre that is in its possesses. In response, the company has complained to the Corporation and district administration.
Citing its lease agreement with the Corporation, the CIWMCPL has said that the land in its possession is integral to its waste management operation and disturbance will hamper its operations.
Clause 6 of the agreement says if CIWMCPL comes across any construction or encumbrance on the land in its possession it can ask the Corporation to clear it and the civic body will have a legal obligation to do so. If the Corporation fails, the company can go ahead to demolish the construction.
This, technically, means that the company can ask the Corporation to stop or demolish any construction and the latter will be obliged to do so, the sources say.
Further, Clause 13 of the lease agreement gives full, free and uninterrupted possession, enjoyment/occupation and use of the 181 acre to the CIWMCPL throughout the term, without any obstruction, interference or disturbance. And, more importantly in Clause 14 the Corporation guarantees the CIWMCPL that the grant of the 181 acre is irrevocable for as long as the waste management agreement remains in force and it shall not terminate or seek to terminate the agreement unless the concession agreement expires.
Pointing to these clauses, the sources say that unless the Corporation terminates its agreement with the company, it cannot take back possession of the land and that puts a question mark on what to do with the 500-odd tonnes waste that the company process everyday.
Criticising the Corporation for landing itself and the city's residents in such a situation, DMK MLA N. Karthik asks who is the Corporation trying to please by rushing through the project and it does not appear to be the public.
Consumer activist K. Kathirmathiyon says this yet again shows that the Corporation has not thought through the bus stand project. It has not consulted the public, who will be least benefited given the site chosen. This calls for a complete rethink of the project, he adds.
Then how it will be constructed there???
They have the rights to demolish the construction of it starts
Mla karthik is greedy personThey have 1000 acres and just 181 acres were leased
Best case - cancel the lease and start the construction
Worst case - construct in any remaining area
MLA Karthik and Kathirmathiyon creating problem from day 1.
Fifth corridor of metro rail to connect Vellalore & Ukkadam
Coimbatore: Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), which conducted a feasibility study for the Coimbatore metro rail project, has decided to create a fifth corridor to connect Vellalore and Ukkadam. It has also identified two places, at Press Colony near Periyanaickenpalayam and Chinniyampalayam,
to station the trains.
CMRL had selected engineering and consulting firm Systra to conduct feasibility study for implementing the project in the city. The feasibility report suggested four corridors. The first corridor would be 26-kilometre long between Ukkadam and Kaniyur. The second would cover 24 kilometres between Ukkadam and Bilichi near Karamadai on the Mettupalayam Road. The third corridor will cover 42 kilometres between Thanneerpandal on Thadagam Road and Karanampettai on Trichy Road and the fourth will cover 44 kilometres between Karunya Nagar and Ganeshapuram.
Now, CMRL has decided to create a fifth corridor, which will be 11 kilometres long, to connect the integrated bus stand to be constructed at Vellalore at an estimated cost of 178.26 crore, to Ukkadam. “After shifting the bus stand to Vellalore, metro train service from Vellalore to Ukkadam would help commuters reach the city easily,” an official said.
CMRL has identified a plot at Press Colony that belongs to the Union government to station metro trains, apart from a place at Chinniyampalayam. “After getting financial sanction for land acquisition, the revenue department will help CMRL acquire the lands to station the trains,” the official added.
The private firm had submitted details of the development work to be implemented in the city for the metro project to the district administration and the city corporation last November.