Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced 1,200 new buses would be acquired this year at a cost of Rs 253.80 crore. Making an announcement under Rule 110 of the Assembly, she said 100 new small buses would be bought for Chennai at a cost of Rs 16.75 crore.
She said in the past three years 1,476 new routes were inaugurated and 4,649 new buses, 712 renovated buses and 107 small buses were dedicated to serve the people. For the first time in the history, 20,684 buses are currently being operated in the State. Jayalalithaa said that her government would give Rs 39.73 crore to Transport Corporations to get back buses which were seized by courts.
Stating that 100 small buses were already being operated in Chennai, the Chief Minister said the decision to buy 100 more buses was taken to fulfill the growing population needs of the city.
Jayalalithaa said three new regional RTO offices would be set up in Tiruttani, Manimangalam, Usilampatti and Cheyyar. She also said the regional offices at Tambaram and Tiruchendur would be upgraded as RTOs at a cost of Rs 1.55 crore.