Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT)
CMBT caters to outstation transportation services and handles south-bound long-distance bus facilities. This inter-state passenger transportation bus station started in 18 Nov 2002 and was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J.Jayalalitha. The terminal had attained ISO 9001:2000 certificate for its effective maintenance and quality management policies.
Services and Capacity of the CMBT:
The huge area (around 148,000 m2) of CMBT includes the main terminal hall, waiting capacity for passengers, parking spaces, bus fingers and large office spaces. The CMBT waiting hall is of an area of 18,000 sq ft and two wheelers’ parking space is of 16,000 sq ft. Around 25,000 sq ft of parking space is allotted for cars, taxis and other vehicles.
There are also basic amenities available within the premises such as locker rooms, shops, maintenance shed, travel agency offices, supermarkets, dorm rooms (both non-A/C and A/C) for rental, toilets, ATMs, pure drinking water facility, rest rooms and other supplementary structures. There is a 24X7 security system and 24-hour first-aid facilities and medical assistance easily accessible within the bus terminus.
The terminus has 6 platforms, 3 bus fingers and almost 180 bus bays. There are separate large parking provisions for auto rickshaws, cabs and private cars.
A two-level underground parking lot is constructed specially for two wheelers. This double basement parking arrangement has the parking capacity of around 3000 two wheelers at a time.
The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is the government project that is responsible for the management and smooth administration of this terminus.
The CMBT is built at a budget of Rs. 103 crores and has the capacity to handle 2000 buses and 200,000 passengers, practically at any given day.
The Chennai Contract Carriage Bus Terminus (CCCBT) is another bus terminus located in the neighboring proximity to CMBT that is into catering transportation for private buses (outstation).
Future Projects of the CMBT:
Chennai Metro Rail has considered building an elevated Metro railway station inside the bus terminus. This (currently under-construction) Metro station will mainly serve the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus. It is located on Line 2 of the Chennai Metro.
The station will be constructed within 1 km from the Koyambedu CMBT junction. It is planned to be able to handle about 23,000 passengers per hour. Another new bus terminus is under construction at Vandalur Railway Station, in between the GST Road and Outer Ring Road. This new station would be built by the CMDA that is aimed at easing out the increasing congestion at Koyambedu bus depot.
Hotels near CMBT Bus Station:
There are many budget hotels, 3-star hotels, guest houses and lodges available for accommodation and food near the bus terminus. A few of such low-budget hotels, which are only at a distance of 15 to 20 minutes from the terminal, are listed here:
- Hotel JP Chennai-CMBT
Address: 1131, Inner Ring Road , Koyambedu
- Kvr Lodging Services
Call: (044) 66420725
Address: No 213, Near Cmbt Bus Depot
Jawaharlal Nehru Salai 100 Feet Road
Koyambedu, Chennai – 600107
- Hotel Anushka Koyambedu
Call: (044) 66586351
Address: No 17, Opposite To Koyambedu Bus Terminus
Between Corporation Park, 1st Main Road
Arumbakkam, Chennai – 600106
- Hotel Chennai Gateway
Call: (044) 66421190
Address: No 23 A, Near Koyambedu Junction
J N 100 Feet Road, Koyambedu, Chennai – 600107
- Hotel Royal Plaza
Call: (044) 66751349
Address: No 3, Near Koyembedu Bus Terminus
E Road, Koyambedu, Chennai – 600107
Other Details about the CMBT:
- Nearby places from CMBT Bus Station:
- Kamala Nehru Nagar
- T Nagar
- Mmda Colony
- Address of CMBT:
Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Near Coimbedu Market, Chennai-108