THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A bus shelter that had fallen prey to miscreant rage is coming back to life again. The Museum bus shelter, modernised with state-of-the-art facilities a couple of years back, was shockingly ripped and vandalised overnight, leaving it to continue in the dreadful state, appearing as if no revamp was on cards.
The City Corporation, which has its office situated a stone’s throw away from the shelter, is engaged in the lifesaver act now. The intention is to maintain it as a token of the achievements of the present council, that has its five-year tenure nearing climax. The work assigned to the Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) is undertaken by Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Limited (TRDCL).
“Last time we built the facility, we met the cost on our own which amounted to Rs 2.7 lakh. Now, the Corporation has come up with funding. The bus station is akin to the one at Keltron Junction, Vellayambalam. Structuring is to be done using stainless steel. There will be FM radio connectivity, surveillance cameras and LED display. The backdrop panels inside will highlight the achievements that earned awards for the Corporation,” said Anilkumar Pandala, TRDCL project director. TRDCL has taken up the work was part of its urban mobility scheme.
Seven bus shelters in the city have already been modernised by TRDCL and together with the Museum stop, the one at AG’s Office is receiving a facelift.
The LED display was planned to have bus timings put up, but foreseeing the difficulties that may crop up in getting right updates from KSRTC and private bus operators, the idea was exchanged for having advertisements scrolls. The ad revenue will go towards collecting funds for the proper upkeep of the bus shelter in future.
The work is set to be completed in another three weeks.