Tamil Nadu: transport department to set up special buses for Diwali to avoid crush

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Buses in Chennai | Photo credit: PTI

Highlights

  • A total of 16,540 buses will be operated by the TNSTC.
  • The state-owned transport company generated income of Rs 5.4 crore from this special bus service.
  • Buses will operate from five terminals – Madhavaram, Tambaram, Koyambedu, KK Nagar and Poonamalle.

Chennai: To avoid traffic jams and dispel the Diwali rush, the Tamil Nadu state transportation department has started operating special buses. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) offered this special bus service from 1st November to 3rd November to help people reach their homeland without chaos.

According to Tamil Nadu Transport Minister RS ​​Rajakanappan, a total of 16,540 buses will be operated by TNSTC.

In an official press release, the Tamil Nadu Department of Transportation said that in the past two days a total of 4,785 buses have been operated. The buses had carried 1,88,107 passengers, he said. The statement also mentioned that more than 2 lakhs of people had used government bus services to celebrate Diwali in their place of origin.

The state-owned transport company generated an income of 5.4 crore rupees from this special bus service.

About 3,500 special buses will depart from Chennai on Wednesday. The press release also states that special buses will be available at Madhavaram New Bus Station, KK Nagar MNP Bus Station, Tambaram Station Bus Station, Tambaram Scholarly Anna Bus Station, bus stop from revolutionary leader Dr MGR, the Poonamallee bus station.

On Tuesday, the state transport minister inspected the Chennai Mofussil bus station in Koyambedu to verify arrangements. According to a report in Indian express, eight buses that were collecting surcharges were seized and fined, the minister said.

Buses will operate from five terminals – Madhavaram, Tambaram, Koyambedu, KK Nagar and Poonamalle.

According to the statement, the buses that will go to Thanjavur, Kumbakonam (except via ECR of the SETC bus), Adiramapattinam, Pattukottai, Mannarkudi will be operational from the Tambaram bus terminal.

Buses that will be linked to Dharmapuri and Hosur (except SETC buses) will run from the Poonamalle bus stand, according to the statement. The operation of the other buses will be the same as usual, and will be operational from CMBT, Koyambedu, he said.


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