Broadway bus terminus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the one in Chennai. For the one in Paterson, see Broadway Bus Terminal (Paterson). For other uses, see Broadway Station (disambiguation).

The Broadway bus terminus is the largest city bus terminus of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Chennai), Chennai. It is located in the heart of the city or its downtown[1] - Parry's corner & Fort. It lies opposite the Madras High Court along the Esplanade in George Town. It is a connecting point to several areas in the city. The bus terminus is located at the southern end of Broadway and is near the Chennai Fort suburban railway station.

Multi-level car parking[edit]

A multi-level car parking is proposed to be constructed at an area of 30,000 sq m for a total of 5,000 cars and 7,900 two-wheelers.[2]

Connectivity and Locality details[edit]

The bus terminus is very close to Chennai Central railway station. The nearest suburban railway station is Chennai Fort. The bus terminus is divided into two parts: the eastern and western sides. In the eastern side, only a few buses are operated. The routes covered are mainly Anna Salai, LIC, D.M.S., Saidapet, Guindy, Tambaram, etc. Until 2002, mofussil bus services were operated from the eastern part. From the western part, buses are operated to all other routes not operated in the eastern part. Broadway is the place where large trade activities, both wholes sale and retail, flourish. All items starting from civil, housewares, plastics, general provisions, stationery, fruits, flowers, cycles, etc. are available here. State government-owned Kuralagam an multidepartmental shop is near to the bus stand.

Issues[edit]

Stench and H issues[edit]

Stinky loos and open defecation[3][edit]

The stink of urine and rotten garbage haunts passengers even before buses enter the Broadway MTC terminus. While men cover their faces, women turn their faces away to avoid seeing men urinating on the pavement. The terminus is patronised by about 1.5 lakh people everyday. The toilet in the terminus is pathetic - Staff of the agency in charge of maintenance sit under an umbrella outside, unmindful of the stench, dutifully collecting the due charge for the convenience. The toilet is mostly used by MTC crew, metro rail construction workers and people from huts butting the terminus while most others use the pavement as a toilet. Police are insensitive.Women avoid using the terminus toilets as it is absolutely unsafe.

Piling Garbage[3][edit]

Garbage piling up like a mountain fuels the problems. Most shops that sell food clean their utensils on the pavements and the dirty water is drained on the road. The bus bays are littered with polythene wrappers, and left over food. There are no sweepers in the terminus. The blame game is on as MTC officials said the city corporation was responsible for maintenance of the terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bachman, David; others (2008). Eastern and southern Asia. New York: Marshall Cavendish. p. 442. ISBN 0761476318. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "Broadway MTC terminus now a stinking problem". The Times of India, Chennai. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

Coordinates: 13°05′15″N 80°17′02″E / 13.0874°N 80.2838°E / 13.0874; 80.2838