The Thevara bus station which has been mooted the ThiruKochi service hub in the city is expected to be commissioned in March.
The decision to speed up the pending work at the ground comes in the wake of nstructions from KSRTC managing director K G Mohan Lal seeking to complete the work in a time-bound manner.
According to Ernakulam depot ATO S K Suresh Kumar, basic infrastructure works such as renovation of the station master’s office has been completed.
“The work on toilet blocks and resting room for the staff have been completed. Counters have also been set up. The work on the workshop for maintenance of buses is in progress,” Suresh Kumar said.
Even as tarring works on the ground have been completed, shifting of utilities has put the ground work to a halt. “An electric post situated in the middle of the ground will be a major hindrance for the movement of the vehicles. We have requested the KSEB to shift the post. We are awaiting their response,” the officials said.
The work of the station which began in August 2012 is expected to be completed by 2013. The proposal for the station was mooted three years ago to decongest the bus station at the heart of the city. Paucity of funds and apathy of the officials led to the delay of the work and the state government sanctioned `1 crore for the proposed bus station only in 2013. The new stand gains more importance now with the rapid progress of the metro rail works in Kochi. The officials decided to convert Thevara as the ThiruKochi bus hub when the state government declared allocation of 85 new buses for Ernakulam in the previous budgets. However, the announcements are yet to be materialise.
Once the station becomes operational, 50 ThiruKochi services operating in the city will begin and terminate here.
Currently, all the buses terminate at the Ernakulam stand.