The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) is planning to operate buses during the weekends to the butterfly conservatory in Srirangam. The buses would be operated on a pilot basis from the Chatram and Central bus stands. The decision comes in the wake of increasing demand for public transport connectivity to this popular recreational spot in the city.
It’s been four years since the conservatory came into existence and inching towards registering a footfall of 10 lakh, but it is yet to be connected by public transport. Among the few avenues for recreational activities, the conservatory has become an identity of the city. Located on the upper anaicut reserve forest in Srirangam, it is situated 3.5km from Srirangam. Since a bus connectivity is there only till Melur, which is one km from the butterfly conservatory visitors are forced to come in their own or hire private vehicles.
The narrow road leading to the conservatory from Melur was cited as a reason by the TNSTC for not operating buses. But the road has been widened recently but no effort was taken to start bus service despite the demand. A team of officials from TNSTC, Trichy carried out a survey at the butterfly park on the possibility of operating bus services connecting both Chatram and Central bus stands.
“We have carried out a survey and a report submitted to the deputy manager, commercial and general manager, TNSTC, Trichy who will take the final call,” said a senior official from the TNSTC. Officials said that there is a possibility of operating the buses during from Friday to Sunday every week. After seeing the patronage, a decision would be take on extending the service on a daily basis, said an official.
(source : TOI)