Introduction: As the Pongal festival approaches, Tamil Nadu finds itself amidst a transport union strike. However, the state government has stepped in to ensure that the festive spirit remains undisturbed. In a recent announcement, the Tamil Nadu transport department revealed plans to operate over 18,000 buses across the state from January 12 to 14, offering special services during this crucial time.
The Strike Situation: Amidst an indefinite strike by various transport unions in Tamil Nadu, State Transport Minister SS Sivasankar reassured the public that there is no need to panic. Despite the ongoing strike, the government is committed to providing an adequate number of buses with the necessary staff to ensure smooth transportation for the public.
Pongal Special Buses: In anticipation of the Pongal festival, the state government has scheduled the operation of 2,100 buses from Chennai, with a total of 4,706 special buses running from January 12th to 14th. A comprehensive plan includes 11,006 buses from Chennai to other destinations and 8,478 special buses from various cities running during the three days of the festival. In total, a staggering 19,484 buses are set to crisscross the state, catering to the travel needs of passengers during the Pongal festivities.
Post-Pongal Operations: Once the Pongal celebrations conclude on January 15, the government has outlined plans to operate 17,589 buses from other cities to Chennai from January 16th to 18th. This post-festival initiative includes 4,830 special buses for three days and 6,459 special buses from major cities to various destinations.
Details of Bus Services and Terminuses: To facilitate the smooth operation of these special buses, the state transport department has released details of bus terminuses and routes. Here are some key points:
- Madhavaram New Bus Stand: Buses to Andhra Pradesh via Ponneri, Gummidipoondi, Oothukottai, and Senggunram.
- Tambaram Sanatorium Arignar Anna Bus Stand: TNSTC route buses to Kumbakonam, Thanjavur via Tindivanam, Vikravandi, and Panruti (except State Rapid Transport Corporation buses).
- Valluvar Gurukulam High School Bus Stand: Buses from Tambaram to Kanchipuram, Vellore, and Arani via Oragadam.
- Kalaignar Centenary Bus Terminal (KCBT), Kilambakkam: Routes belonging to State Rapid Transport Corporation, including destinations like Trichy, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Tirunelveli, and more.
Conclusion: As Tamil Nadu faces a transport union strike, the government’s announcement of Pongal special bus services demonstrates its commitment to ensuring hassle-free travel for the public during the festive season. With a well-organized plan and an extensive network of buses, the state aims to provide a reliable transportation alternative despite the ongoing strike.