KANCHEEPURAM: The Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Chennai has expanded its operating area in Kancheepuram district by introducing air-conditioned and deluxe bus services from its domain.
While air-conditioned bus service will be operated between T.Nagar and Kancheepuram (route no.576), deluxe buses will be operated from Poonamallee to Kancheepuram (route no.576C) and between Tambaram and Kancheepuram (route no.579C).
Labour Welfare Minister, T.M.Anbarasan flagged off the new AC bus service between Kancheepuram and T.Nagar at Kancheepuram bus stand on Thursday. The Collector, Santosh K.Misra, Kancheepuram MLA, Sakthi Kamalammal, Uthiramerur MLA, K.Sundar were among those who were present on the occasion.
The AC bus service to Kancheepuram will leave T.Nagar at 5.30 a.m; 7.30 a.m; 10.30 a.m; 12.30 p.m; 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. In the return direction, the service will leave Kancheepuram at 8 a.m; 10 a.m; 1 p.m; 3 p.m; 6 p.m. and 8 p.m, according to the Managing Director, MTC, M.Ramasubramanian.
While the AC bus service, which will be operated via the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway, will have stoppages at Sunguvarchatram, Sriperumpudur, Irrungattukottai, Poonamallee, Porur, Guindy and Saidapet, the Tambaram-Kancheepuram service will be run via. Oragadam and will have stoppages at Ayyampettai, Wallajahbad, Vanaravasi, Oragadam, Padappai and Mudichur.
The Poonamallee-Kancheepuram service will be operated through the National Highway with stoppages at Rajakulam, Sunguvarchatram, Sriperumpudur and Irrungattukottai.
A nominal fare of Rs.75 will be collected from the passengers to travel between Kancheepuram and T.Nagar in the AC bus having a seating capacity of 44 persons. Adequate provisions have also been given in this bus to help commuters travel by standing like in any other service, he added.
With regard to the performance of deluxe bus services introduced by the MTC from its domain to destinations such as Chengalpattu, Sriperumpudur, Sunguvarchatram and Mamallapuram, Mr.Ramasubramanian said the overall performance of the newly introduced services was encouraging.
The MTC was able to register a collection of around Rs.1.82 crore last Monday against a daily average collection of Rs.1.60 crore, by operating 2900 services.