The Transport department will operate special buses as Diwali approaches.
What’s it about? As the festive season rush continues, bookings are open for special buses from the city as Diwali approaches. Train tickets sold out in hours a few months ago as people travelled back to their native places. The city’s bus termini will likely see a huge rush of people. The transport department has installed display boards and opened a help desk at Koyambedu and Madhavaram.
- The Transport department has decided to operate more than 10,500 buses, including more than 4,200 special services from the city from October 21 to 23.
- The department has been increasing the number of buses every year. However, for those without reservations, their situation remains uncertain.
Private operators are taking advantage of the rush and have increased fares. Consumer activist T. Sadagopan said the department needs to fix standard fares across the board else consumers will continue to be fleeced. Omnibus operators who suffered huge losses due to the pandemic are now making it up with high fares.
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