Chennai, Nov 5:
More than 5.20 lakh passengers from all over the State have travelled in the buses operated by the eight State Transport Corporations (STCs) ahead of Deepavali.
After visiting Koyambedu, where he inspected the operation of special buses, Transport Minister K.R. Vijayabhaskar said that last year, a total of 5.80 lakh passengers had travelled on the government buses during the Deepavali festival.The government is operating more than 20,000 special buses this Deepavali from November 3 to 5. The Minister said several steps had been taken to ease traffic congestion, including providing a separate bay at the toll plazas on the GST Road between Chennai and Tiruchi.
To ease congestion at some places that are notorious for traffic jams like Tambaram, Perungalathur and Guduvancherry, transport officials were coordinating with the city traffic police. Also, a control room had been set up at the Koyambedu bus terminus to prevent traffic congestion through the closed circuit television camera network, he said. To prevent overcharging by private omni buses, State transport officials are also conducting regular checks. A senior official of the State Transport Authority said after surprise inspection of 1,400 omni buses carried out by the enforcement wing, four were seized for operating without a permit and the fitness certificate.
A fine of Rs. 32 lakh was collected from the operators. This includes fine collected from 10 buses for overcharging the commuters.