There is now a ray of hope for residents in interior parts of the city and suburbs.

Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) Limited has invited tenders for rolling out 100 mini buses in the city.

The tenders will be opened next week and the bus routes will mostly be concentrated in extended parts of the city.

“The government has announced 100 mini buses. It will take a few months for the tender and bidding processes to be completed. The buses are expected to be rolled out in the next financial year,” an official said.

K. Narayanan, former Managing Director of various State transport corporations, said, the mini buses must operate as a feeder service. “Bus buses don’t ply in many crowded neighbourhoods. The only solution there is mini buses,” he said.