Chennai is preparing for the inauguration of the Kilambakkam Bus Terminus, named the 'Kalaignar Centenary Bus Terminal,' by Chief Minister MK Stalin. To ensure smooth traffic flow around the terminus, the Chennai Police is planning traffic diversions in Kilambakkam. The area of Kilambakkam experiences heavy traffic congestion, particularly during festival seasons. In response, the Tambaram police have requested the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to suggest alternate routes to divert vehicles and alleviate potential traffic jams. A meeting was held under the leadership of Tamil Nadu Minister PK Sekar Babu, attended by Tambaram police commissioner A Amalraj and CMDA member-secretary Anshul Mishra.
To address the traffic situation, the police commissioner proposed two alternate routes for private and heavy vehicles, in addition to government buses. Furthermore, the authorities plan to widen the roads around the terminus. The capacity of several roads in the area, including the Guduvancheri-Madambakkam junction to Mannivakkam, the road from Kandigai to Guduvancheri, and the one from Nallampakkam to Urappakkam GST road, will be increased. Additionally, a new roundabout will be constructed at Guduvancheri. These measures aim to reduce traffic congestion and facilitate smoother travel for motorists on the GST road.
The Kilambakkam bus terminus, spread across 28.25 acres and constructed at a cost of 393.74 crore, can accommodate 226 buses. It will help reduce congestion in the Koyambedu area and its surroundings, as several buses' operations will be shifted to the new facility. Both government and private buses will operate from the Kilambakkam Bus Terminus. The terminus is equipped with dedicated parking areas, retail outlets, food courts, and public convenience facilities. Final works are currently underway, and the date of inauguration is expected to be announced soon.