Chennai is set to get its second largest bus terminus as the State government has recently laid the cornerstone for the same. The upcoming Kilambakkam bus terminus would be constructed on an 88.52-acre plot at the cost of Rs 417 crore. It will be constructed in proximity to Vandalur on GST Road.
The bus terminal was proposed eight years ago, and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) had already floated a tender for the same. Aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Koyambedu, the new terminus will cater to buses destined for southern areas of Tamil Nadu.
There would be a total of 250 bus bays, of which, 165 bays have been allocated for government buses while the remaining for private buses. In addition to this, there will be a parking facility for another 300 buses, 275 cars and 3,582 two-wheelers. The government has also proposed a separate bus stand on five acres of land for buses operating between from Kilambakkam to Koyambedu and other areas of the city.
The construction of the new terminal will be undertaken in two phases, and it will have facilities including escalators, dormitories for bus drivers, a waiting hall for passengers, sanitation facilities and drinking water.
Under phase 1, the government will earmark 8.79 acres of land for commercial purpose on which, it will construct malls, food court, hotel and multiplexes. Construction of the commercial complex will be undertaken in phase 2.
Chennai Metro Rail has already initiated soil test due to the possibility of connecting metro services with these termini in future. There is already a proposal to extend metro services from Chennai Airport to Kilambakkam bus terminus.