Chennai: To clear the rush of passengers heading to various destinations in view of Pongal festival, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today ordered State-owned transport corporations to operate 6,514 special buses starting 10 January.
According to an official release here, special services will be operated from Chennai to various destinations from 10-14 January.
While 600 buses would be operated on 10 January, 1,325 would run on 11 January, 1,175 on 12 January and 339 on 13 January. On 14 January, which is the main day of the four-day long harvest festival, buses would be operated based on the demand.
Similar services would be operated on the same days from other places throughout the State and a total of 6,514 special buses will be used to clear the Pongal festival rush, it said. Similar return services will be operated from 16-19 January.
The release said 25 special reservation counters would be set up at Koyambedu bus stand here to ensure on-the-spot book is done in a hassle-free manner. Online ticket reservation system will be made available for buses travelling beyond 300 km, at www.tnstc.in, said the release.
The release warned private operators against overcharging passengers, saying government would set up a cell to receive complaints. If the public find private operators flouting rules, they can call the helpline 044-24794709 to register complaints.
Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamils, which ushers in the auspicious 'Thai' month, and is celebrated with fervour and gaiety by families. 'The above steps taken by the government led by Jayalalithaa will enable people to celebrate the traditional festival in their native places,' said the release.