In a few months, preserving your bus or train ticket to Chennai will make sense.
Starting this week, officials of the Chennai Corporation will identify locations near Central and Egmore railway stations as well as the Broadway and Koyambedu bus terminii for commissioning affordable dormitories that offer services for passengers who submit a copy of their tickets.
“Passengers who visit the city by a luxury car, aircraft or other modes of transport do not demand such subsidised facilities. But the dormitory door will remain open for those passengers who carry their train or bus tickets,” said an official of the Corporation.
Screening of tickets is expected to prevent misuse of the facilities that will house 10,000 passengers per day for a nominal daily fee that is likely to be around Rs. 10 per passenger. The final decision will be taken by the State government shortly.
Passengers can call a helpline, to be set up the Corporation, the previous day to register their name and address, the official said.
Also, in a few months, any visitor to the city will require less than Rs. 20 per day for a wholesome, comfortable stay with nutritious food made available at the Amma canteens. Offers of idli at Re.1, chapatti at Rs. 3 or curd rice at Rs. 3 are likely to attract many passengers, Corporation officials said.
About 55 grounds of land near Broadway Bus Stand, 3.95 acre of land on Anna Pillai Street in George Town, 47 grounds of land on Basin Bridge Road and 35 grounds of land near Mint are on the list generated by the Corporation for implementation of the welfare scheme.