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Tamil Nadu govt to operate 6,859 special buses for Deepavali

Posted on Nov 04, 03:19PM | UNI

The Tamil Nadu government would operate 6,859 special buses across the state to enable the people to visit their native places and return to their work place after celebrating Deepavali, the festival of lights.

In a statement here today, Transport Minister N Senthil Balaji said the buses would be operated to all district headquarters and important destinations by all the State Transport Corporations in the state.

He said from the Koyambedu Mofussil Bus Terminus in the city, 768 buses would be operated on November nine, 633 on November 10, 543 on November 11 and 884 buses on November 12.

Apart from Chennai, 925 special buses would be operated from the rest of the state on November nine, 940 on November 10, 977 on November 11 and 1,189 buses on November 12.

Mr Senthil Balaji said as per the instructions of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, a total of 6,859 special buses would be operated between November nine to 12.

A similar number of special buses would be operated between November 13 and 16 to enable the people to return to their respective places after celebrating Deepavali with their families.

The Minister said tickets could be booked online for all special buses that cover more than 300 km.

He said 16 special counters were opened in Koyambedu Bus Terminus for the benefit of people to book their tickets for their journey.

Mr Balaji said the Metropolitan Transport Corporation would operate 200 special buses from various parts of the city to T Nagar and Koyambedu Bus Terminus for the benefit of festival shoppers.

He said public can lodge their complaints by contacting the State Transport Corporation Office number 24794709 if they found any of the private bus operators charging exorbitant fares, cashing in on the Deepavali festival rush.