ARIYALUR: About 3,000 minibuses would be operated soon in the State and district collectors have been empowered to sanction new routes for minibuses, Transport Minister K. N. Nehru has said.
Speaking at a function to mark the inauguration of buses on new routes, distribution of free colour television sets, free house site pattas and old age pension at T. Palur on Thursday, Mr. Nehru said the State government despite the steep hike in price of diesel has not hiked bus fares which were among the lowest in the country.
Recently, 3,000 new buses have been acquired for the State Transport Corporations and of these 1,500 would be operated in the rural areas.
Four of these buses were to be operated in T. Palur union.
Over the last three years, 2,000 bus routes have been extended, he said.
S. S. Sivashankar, D. Amaramurthy, MLAs, R. Pitchai, District Revenue Officer, and other officials spoke.