Madurai division to get 250 new buses

After the singeing bus fare hike, the state transport corporation has some good news for the public.
The corporation has decided to replace old and redundant buses with brand new vehicles. To start with, Madurai division will get 250 new buses to replace old vehicles. The 250 buses are part of the bouquet of 3,000 new buses to be introduced across the state. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa had earlier in the week announced that the buses would be bought at a cost of Rs 434.75 crore.

"Buses which had been in operation for six years or those which had been operated for seven lakh km would be replaced with new buses to avoid inconvenience being caused to commuters,'' said a TNSTC official.
The new buses would be distributed in Madurai, Virudhunagar and Dindigul districts that fall under the Madurai division said, TNSTC, Madurai General Manager, P Chandrasekaran. The current fleet strength is 2,500 buses in the three districts.
"We have identified 250 old buses to be scrapped and another 250 buses, which were comparatively old, will be given a facelift. Eventually, all the old buses will be scrapped," he said. There will be no new augmentation of buses this year as equal number of buses is to be condemned. The augmentation of new buses will happen in the coming years, he added.
TNSTC, Tirunelveli with the operating area of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari districts will also be getting 250 new buses as announced in the budget. TNSTC, Tirunelveli general manager, Murugan, said the fleet strength is 1,980 buses and 50% of the buses are just three years old since it was the youngest corporation started in November 2010. "Half of my fleet is not very old but we will be scrapping 60 vehicles as the new ones arrive," Murugan said.
With a 3% annual growth in traffic predicted, the corporation will study if there is need to augment new buses, he said. The demand for Thoothukudi and Tenkasi routes is going up and augmentation of new buses in this section will be considered after study, he said.
The officials said they will be getting the bus chassis in a couple of months and the bodies will be built in local depots.

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