As part of the proposed development works at the KSRTC stand in Ernakulam, top officials conducted a site visit here on Thursday. Hibi Eden MLA, District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth, GCDA Chairman N Venugopal, Mayor Tony Chammany, Traffic Assistant Commissioner Baby Vinod, KSRTC Chief Engineer R Indu were present. The existing stand will be developed into a seven-storeyed shopping complex in the future.
“Rs 10 crore has been earmarked for the project. The old buildings will be demolished and a shopping complex-cum-stand will be developed. Proper parking bays will also be constructed for the vehicles. The construction is expected to be done on a BOT basis,” Eden said.
Currently, three designs have been shortlisted for the development of the complex. The designs of consultant agencies Rohini Prasad and Associates, K G Sukumaran and Associates, Kithuvadiya and Sons have been shortlisted.
Indu said though the designs were in the final stages, it would have to be reworked again. It might take another six months to finalise the design. “When the designs were made, detailed studies were not conducted on how the buses would enter and exit from the stand. Now, with the commissioning of the A L Jacob RoB, new entrance and exit routes are being mooted by the authorities here. Also, we have identified certain routes through which private vehicles should enter the complex. The design will have to be changed taking all this into consideration,” Indu said. A KSEB transformer near the bus stand premises has to be removed so as to widen the road for facilitating private vehicle entry.
Meanwhile, Venugopal said the road in front of the bus stand would be made into a four-laned road of 18m (currently it is 12m wide).
A portion of the Ambedkar Stadium will be taken up for this purpose. However, such a move won’t affect the developmental activities of the stadium, Venugopal assured. He said the GCDA would itself undertake the work with the help of the PWD. Medians will also be set up near the stand premises so that the vehicles plying from the bridge will easily be able to enter the KSRTC stand.
Once the complex construction begins, the current offices of the KSRTC will be shifted to the Karikkamuri ground on a temporary basis. `2 crore from the MLA fund will be allocated for the purpose. Meanwhile, the KSRTC officials have requested the widening of the Mullassery canal road so that the KSRTC buses can easily enter the stand on a temporary basis when the construction of the complex takes place.
The KSRTC has six acres of land in the area. The officials have voiced concerns that the new route that is being earmarked by the GCDA for the exclusive entry of buses behind Ambedkar stadium might not be financially well for the KSRTC.