Police have launched a crackdown on omnibus operators allegedly collecting exorbitant fares from passengers ahead of the Deepavali festival.
Acting on the instructions of Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran, a special team conducted surprise checks in the Koyambedu area and arrested three persons on charges of collecting excess fare.
“Many people have called to inform that omnibus operators are charging more than double the actual fare to various destinations from Chennai owing to the demand. This amounts to extortion... we intend to take firm action to curb this menace,” Mr. Rajendran said.
Police arrested Manivannan, Murali and Ramesh, who allegedly sold tickets at a higher price to passengers travelling to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Madurai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore and other areas, police sources said.
Earlier inaugurating closed circuit television (CCTV) network in the Flower Bazaar area, Mr. Rajendran said a large number of buses were being operated from the Koyambedu bus stand.
“In order to ease congestion, it would be better operate south-bound buses from Tambaram and others from Koyambedu and Madhavaram areas,” he said.