Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan has flagged off 12 of the 35 new Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses allotted to the district.
Of the 515 new buses, Karaikudi zone was allotted 69 buses, of which, 35 were allotted to the district, officials said. Mr Manikandan flagged off 12 new buses in the first phase at a brief function held at the new bus stand here on Saturday in the presence of Collector S. Natarajan.
The new buses would be operated in the Ramanathapuram-Madurai route (5 buses) and one each in Rameswaram – Madurai, Ramanathapuram – Kumili, Ramanathapuram – Coimbatore, Rameswaram – Coimbatore, Mudukulathur – Madurai, Paramakudi – Madurai and Kamuthi – Madurai routes, officials said.
Later, the Minister flagged off an air-conditioned bus with berth facilities operated between Kilakarai and Chennai by the State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) at a function at Kilakarai.
Route no. 18 bus operated between Kilakarai and Thiru Uthirakosamangai would be operated up to Kothankulam via Nallankudi and Ekkakudi, officials said. The bus would be operated twice in a day in the morning and evening. TNSTC General Manager P. Selvagomathi Kumar, Zonal Manager V. Saravanan, Branch Managers Padmakumar and Deivendran and TNSTC employees were among others present at the functions.
Only the AIADMK had been farmer friendly and the government headed by Mr. Palaniswami did everything possible for the betterment of the farmers, said Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan on Saturday. Speaking at a function to distribute welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 3.01 crore for 2000 beneficiaries, in the presence of Collector T.G. Vinay, he said that the “Uzhavar Paadugaapu Thittam” had been helpful for the needy farmers.
Flagging off 11 new buses from the bus stand here to different destinations, including Madurai, Tiruchi, Cumbum and others, the Minister said that two end-to-end buses, each between Dindigul and Madurai, Dindigul and Tiruchi, would have only a driver on wheels. Thus, these buses would not have conductors.
In the first phase, the Dindigul TNSTC had got 11 buses and soon, more new vehicles would replace the worn-out buses, the Minister assured. The officials said that the Dindigul-Madurai bus fare would be Rs. 60 and Dindigul-Tiruchi Rs. 91. Vedasandur MLA V.P.P. Paramasivam, TNSTC GM S. Rajeswaran, former Mayor Maruduraj and others participated.
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