You won’t believe what I saw yesterday: An AC Bus Stop in Namma Chennai! Actually there are three bus stops with AC cabins situated next to each other, in the St. Thomas Mount area (right opposite to the upcoming Alandur Metro station). But only the one in the middle is functioning and open to public, currently. When you cross the Guindy junction and start moving towards Tambaram, this bus stop will come on your right hand side.
It seems this AC bus stop has been set up with the help of private sponsorship by the local Cantonment Board. As you can see above, there is a huge advertising board on the top, there are two boards on the side, and there is a TV inside which will run ads in the future (right now, it shows the CCTV footage). Here’s the STAR of the Day: The Air Conditioner installed inside: 🙂
It’s an OGeneral Inverter AC! They have appointed a security guard to take care of this AC Bus Stop which is covered by CCTV surveillance too. It seems this AC facility will be open to public from early morning to 10:00 PM in the night. After that, to avoid unruly elements, they keep it locked. Since I went on a Sunday evening, I found only two people enjoying the AC (which was cool enough, btw). Here they are:
There were a few others in this stop, but they were outside the AC room as they had to catch the bus once it arrives. I guess people nearby/going by this way/stopping to take a bus from here can use this as a resting place, if they have time. Let’s hope this place will be maintained well and be used properly by the public. Maybe if this experiment succeeds, we might get more AC bus stops across the city 🙂