Tamil Nadu to operate 16,000 Pongal special buses | Chennai News

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Transport Department will operate 16,768 buses from various locations in Chennai to eliminate the extra rush of passengers during the Pongal week.
Likewise, about 6,468 other special buses will be operated from other districts in the state from Jan. 11-13.
As many as 11 ticket booking counters will be open at Koyambedu Chennai Mofussil Bus Station (CMBT), Tambaram MEPZ and Poonamallee Bus Station.
Additionally, tickets can be booked online at www.tnstc.in or on mobile apps like RedBus, Paytm, makemytrip, and BusIndia.
Temporary bus stops have been set up at different places in the city to avoid traffic jams and the smooth operation of special buses. Traffic diversions, introduced five years ago, will also be monitored this year.
Buses carrying passengers to Thanjavur and Kumbakonam via Vikravandi and Panruti will depart from the temporary bus station set up at Tambaram.
Poonamallee bus stand will originate buses to Hosur, Arcot, Vellore, Kancheepuram and Cuddalore and Chidambaram buses (via Puducherry) will depart from KK Nagar bus stand.
Buses to Andhra Pradesh will depart from Madhavaram. Only southbound buses depart from CMBT.
Responding to a question about private omnibuses charging more, the state’s transport minister, RS Rajakannapan, said action would be taken against them.

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