CHENNAI: Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday announced that 9,088 special buses would be operated between October 17 and 21 in view of Deepavali. This would help those working in various towns and cities to reach their native places.
Of them, 4,753 buses would be operated from Koyambedu terminus while 4,335 buses would be operated in the rest of the State.
To enable people returning from their native places to their work places after the festival, an equal number of special buses would be operated between October 22 to 26. In Chennai, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation would operate 200 special buses during these festival holidays.
In a statement issued after chairing a meeting of senior ministers and officials at the secretariat, the Chief Minister said public can lodge complaints about collection of exorbitant fare by private bus operators with the Tamil Nadu Express Transport Corporation office at Koyambedu bus terminus by calling the telephone number 24794709.
Panneerselvam said special buses would be operated from Koyambedu terminus to all district headquarters and other key places in the State. While 501 special buses each would be operated on October 17 and 18, as many as 699 special buses would be put into service on October 19. Similarly, 1,400 special buses would be pressed into service on October 20, the number of buses would be increased to 1,652 on October 21.
Apart from Chennai, special buses would also be operated from other parts of the State on these five days: October 17 (499 buses), Oct 18 (601 buses), Oct 19 (700 buses), Oct 20 (1,234 buses) and Oct 21 (1,301 buses).
Online ticket reservation system is available for reserving tickets for the buses which are operated for more than 300 km during Deepavali holidays (www.tnstc.in). Apart from these, 25 reservation counters would be opened at Koyambedu terminus for passengers to book tickets in advance.