CHENNAI: This Deepavali season, the Tamil Nadu transport department would operate a total of 4,820 special buses from October 15 to 17 and the moffusil buses that are scheduled to leave on these dates from Koyambedu have been diverted to different bus terminuses to avoid traffic congestion. All Andhra bound buses would ply from Anna Nagar, West bus stand and buses going to Puducherry, Cuddalore and Chidambaram via ECR will depart from Saidapet Court bus stop.
Operation of all buses bound for Kumbakonam and beyond, Thanjavur via Tindivanam, Vikkravandy, Panrutti (including SETC) will depart from Arignar Anna bus stand, Tambaram- Sanatorium (MEPZ). The buses heading to Arcot, Arani, Vellore, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Tirupathur and Hosur via Poonamallee will depart from Poonamallee bus stand.
Also, the buses from CMBT, Koyambedu will ply via Maduravoyal, Poonamallee, Nazarathpet, outer ring road, Vandalur instead of Tambaram, Perungalathur. State Transport minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar said a total of 11,645 buses including scheduled and special buses would be operated during the period. “While 788 special buses would work on October 15, 1,844 and 2,188 special buses would be operated on16 and 17 this month, respectively.”
For the ease of public for reservation of tickets, a total of 29 special ticket booking counters – 26 in Koyambedu, two in Tambaram Sanatorium and one in Poonamalle-- would function for five days from next Thursday. After the festival, for four days from October 19, as many as 3,794 special buses apart from the regular fleet of 2,275 will be operated from other places to Chennai.