Vellalore Integrated Bus Stand Revival Committee appealed to the AIADMK representatives on Saturday to urge the Tamil Nadu Government to resume and finish the partially-completed Integrated Bus Terminus Project in Vellalore.

AIADMK's election committee organized a meeting with the public and industry associations in Coimbatore yesterday to hear their interests and demands, so that they can be used to prepare the manifesto for the forthcoming 2024 General Elections.

On behalf of Vellalore Integrated Bus Stand Revival Committee, Anandkumar, one of its organizers submitted a letter to ADMK representatives here in the city about the stalled Vellalore Integrated Bus Terminus Project.

The committee mentioned that the project which began (during the last ADMK regime) in January 2020 at an overall outlay of Rs.168 crore was half completed; 58% to be precise. While the Coimbatore Corporation spent at least Rs.40 crore on the project, the construction stopped on February 2022 due to Covid-19 pandemic, and since then, there are no signs of it resuming.

"When we asked to the Coimbatore Corporation about the project, they pointed that lack of loans from banks and waiting for TN Government's fund assistance as the reasons for the delay. If the bus stand is built here, businesses will flourish and the livelihood of locals will improve. Till now the project works are not moving forward” the committee said in its letter to AIADMK.

As the Tamil Nadu Government is yet to announce its decisions about this project, the committee urged AIADMK to request Tamil Nadu Government to continue and complete the project, so that traffic congestion in Coimbatore city could reduce, and the welfare of people in Vellalore could improve.

The first TN Assembly session of 2024 is set to start from tomorrow (12.2.2024). Coimbatore South MLA Vanathi Srinivasan had already said on Friday that she will be talking about the various issues that is affecting the development of Coimbatore during the assembly. It is expected that various needs of the city will be brought before the ruling government by the opposition, and positive results could emerge out of the upcoming debate.