The Rs 95-crore satellite bus terminus at Madhavaram, which was marred by controversies over its feasibility, was inaugurated by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday.
Also, the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus at Koyambedu was on Wednesday renamed as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Bus Terminus, to mark the centenary of former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran.
The satellite bus terminus at Madhavaram, which was constructed to ease congestion in the city, especially at Koyambedu and other surrounding areas.
According to a state government press release, Palaniswami flagged off 471 new buses to be operated in the transport divisions of Villupuram, Salem, Coimbatore, Kumbakonam, Madurai and Tirunelveli, besides the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC).
Some of these were luxury buses which were equipped with ACs and toilets, it added. Further, the mofussil bus stand inaugurated at Madhavaram will serve north-bound buses, especially to nearby Tiruvallur district, besides Tirupati, Kalahasthi and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
Built in eight acres, the terminus, which was announced in 2011 by the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was caught in a controversy ever since the initial feasibility report was unfavourable.
But the positive aspect is that it will reduce congestion and help reduce travel time to destinations like Tirupati. Travelling from Koyambedu to Madhavaram takes more than 90 minutes during office hours and from here to Tirupati another two hours. With the new bus terminus being put into operation it will take only two hours, reports said, quoting officials.