Coimbatore: The state highways department has started demolishing the commercial complex on platform 1 of the Ukkadam Bus Terminal, for construction of a ramp to provide access to the Ukkadam-Athupalam flyover, which is under construction.
The work to demolish the complex, where some shops, including bakeries and eateries functioned, started on Monday morning.
The demolition process will be completed on Tuesday, an official said. “The area was cordoned off to keep passengers and vehicles away to ensure safety. Police personnel were deployed to keep people away from the demolition site, which is congested. Adequate men and machines were deployed to finish the work at the earliest.”
“Ramp construction will be started without any delay. It is meant for commuters, who come from the Town Hall area to access the Ukkadam-Athupalam flyover. A part of the bus terminal’s land, which belongs to the corporation, was used for the project as acquisition of private land will cause further delay,” the official added.
Construction of the 3.8km-long Ukkadam -Athupalam flyover was started in 2018. It was later extended till Athupalam Junction. The project was initially taken up at a cost of 280 crore. It will have four lanes.
Although there was no provision for the ramp in the initial design, it was added after commuters demanded it.
The demolition work caused traffic congestion in and around the bus terminal. Vehicular movement was hit on Sungam Bypass Road, Palakkad Road and Perur Road. Police personnel deployed in the area could not do much. As a result, vehicles had to wait for a long time to get out of the congestion. The work also delayed bus operations, causing hardship to thousands of passengers.


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