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India's Largest Bus Station, Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Bus Terminal Koyambedu Chennai, Tamil N

29 Jun 2020

Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Bus Terminus

Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Bus Terminus, also known by its former name Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus is a bus terminus located in Chennai, India, providing inter-state bus transport services. It is located on the 100 feet (30 m) inner-ring road (Jawaharlal Nehru Road) in Koyambedu between SAF Games Village and the Koyambedu Vegetable Market. It is the largest bus terminus in Asia. Chennai Metro Rail operates a coach depot behind the bus terminus since 201

The bus terminus originally functioned at the Broadway terminus near Madras High Court in George Town, in an area covering about 1.5 acres (6,100 m2). With the growing population and transportation demand, a new terminus was planned at Koyambedu.

The terminus was planned and construction started by the Karunanidhi during DMK regime at a cost of ₹ 103 crores and inaugurated on 18 November 2002 by Jayalalithaa during AIADMK regime . The terminus was renamed to 'Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Bus Terminus' on 9 October 2018 in honour of AIADMK founder and former chief minister M. G. Ramachandran.

The terminus has 6 platforms in 3 bus fingers with 180 bus bays. Spread over an area of 37 acres (150,000 m2) in Koyambedu, the terminus is accredited with the ISO 9001:2000 quality certification for its quality management and excellence. It also has an idle parking area for 60 buses and can station 270 buses at any given time. Being the most important entry-exit point of the city, the terminus has a capacity to handle over 2,000 buses and 200,000 passengers a day. The terminus currently handles more than 500 buses at a time, and 3,000 buses and 250,000 passengers a day. The 36.5-acre (148,000 m2) bus terminus has an 17,840 sq ft (1,657 m2) waiting facility for passengers, a 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2) parking space for auto rickshaws, cabs and private cars, and 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2) parking space for two-wheelers.[3] The amenities provided in the terminus include 3 hotels and 3 smaller eateries inside the terminus, 3 locker rooms, 10 travel agency offices, shops, supermarkets, ATMs, dorm rooms (A/C and non-A/C) for rent, toilets, round-the-clock security, pure drinking water free of cost facilitated by a reverse-osmosis treatment plant, a 24-hour Emergency Medical Care Centre, a 24- hour Pharmacy and Free Wi-Fi internet. Wheel chairs are provided for the physically disabled. In 2012, the number of reservation counters was increased from 6 to 16.

It has been estimated that over 500,000 footfalls per day is being recorded at the terminus and over 4,800 buses, including intra-city and mofussil buses, ply in and out of the terminus.

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