Tamil Nadu has launched ‘small bus’ service to connect suburbs with railway stations and bus stands in the Tamilnadu city.
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation introduced 50 new small buses Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa flagged off the service with a fleet of 50 small buses or mini bus in Chennai on Wednesday to cover Chennai an additional 20 routes. Some of these mini buses will start operating on 19th Wednesday night while others would start service on 20th Thursday morning, a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) official said.
The new 50 mini bus routes in chennai would cover areas like an
Tambaram, Pallavaram, Thiruvanmiyur, Besant Nagar, Adyar, Guindy and Mandaveli in the south chennai and Villivakkam, Korattur, Perambur, Valasaravakkam in the north and north-western parts of the chennai city.
The idea of small buses is to connect unconnected areas to the bigger modes of transport. “MRTS stations, bus depots and railway stations are some of the places small buses will cater to,” said the official.
The response to small bus or mini bus service, which was inaugurated in October last, has been good. “Small buses make at least Rs 3 lakh a day. Some routes even make more than regular buses,” the official added.
Official added mini bus Chennai Route
Pallavaram, Chromepet, Perungalathur and Velachery in the south and Moolakadai, Madhavaram, Ambattur and Porur in the north-western regions of the city got small buses when they were first introduced in October.
The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) opened two depots in the city – Besant Nagar and Adambakkam. “These were jus bus terminuses before. Now there will be more buses operating from these places,” said the official. This means these localities will have better maintained buses, more frequency and connectivity. “More buses will start from here and commuters will not have to wait for buses to come from nearby depots,” said the official.
The number of bus depots in the Chennai city has gone up to 27 while that of routes touched 800.In addition to the small buses or mini bus, the state transport corporation inaugurated 185 new buses and 109 refurbished buses across the state gov. Initially, the MTC will get eight of these buses and the number will go up to 170 by April, according to the official.