Special trains and buses to clear Diwali rush

COIMBATORE: The Southern Railway will run special trains and Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation, Coimbatore, operate an extra 350 buses on long distance routes to clear the extra rush during the Diwali holidays. The booking for the special trains will begin from 8am on Saturday.
According to a senior transport official, spare buses would be deployed along with the regular service. The corporation will operate 100 buses to Salem, 120 buses to Trichy, 40 buses to Ooty and 150 buses to Madurai, he said. The services would begin five days before Diwali and continue for five days after the festival. "Train services are inadequate and omni buses charge excessive fares. As most south-bound travelers are from lower and middle income groups working in textile units and foundries in Coimbatore, we have to deploy more public transport vehicles," said a senior transport official.

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