KSRTC Kozhikkode Bus terminal likely to be delayed further

The KSRTC terminal-cum-shopping complex on Mavoor Road in the city is not likely to be completed any time soon. As per the latest review of the work on the project undertaken by the technical experts of the KSRTC, who include senior officials, the contractors will take at least six more months to complete the bus terminal.

The work began in April 2009 and it has already exceeded the project time-frame of two years. When the then transport minister, V S Sivakumar, visited the terminus in August 2011, he assured the people that the project would be completed by March 2012.

 

It is now learnt that the delay in releasing funds has affected the smooth progress of the work.

KSRTC zonal officer V J Saju said the work could be completed only by March, 2013. “And if there is any technical issue in releasing funds, there are chances of the work getting delayed further,” he said.

A Pradeep Kumar, MLA, said the project had already been delayed and any further delay couldn’t be tolerated.

“The government should resume the system of convening monthly meeting of contractors and MLAs to review the progress of works going on in their respective constituencies as that will help avoid delay in the implementation of various development projects,” he said.

Pradeep Kumar also said he wasn’t aware of any issue regarding the release of funds for the KSRTC project. “I will discuss the issue with KSRTC officials in the coming days,” he said.

The parking bays and the twin eight-floor structures that will house the shopping complex have almost been completed. But the administrative block is yet to be completed.

KSRTC employees have already raised the complaint that the terminal does not have enough parking space and that it can handle only about 70 buses in the depot which has to chart over 300 trips a day.

The technical experts, who visited the site, also discussed the issue related to the shifting of the oil filling unit in the proposed terminal.

Source: Times Of India

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