Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: District secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) T. Arumugham has appealed to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to re-establish the workshop of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation at Neyveli.

In a representation addressed to the Chief Minister, he said the workshop was functioning at Neyveli for several years. But , it was recently shifted to Vadalur. This caused great inconvenience to commuters.

Because of the sudden shift, long distance buses bound for Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Kanyakumari and Tirupati, that were originating from Neyveli, were starting from Vadalur. This had rendered Neyveli as one of the places en route, instead of the starting point catering to over two-lakh population there. Mr. Arumugham pointed out that students in Neyveli were studying in educational institutions across the State and hence, there used to be a lot of rush during weekends.

To cope with the rush, the State Transport Corporation authorities used to run additional buses. But, it had now become a rarity. The buses originating from Vadalur got filled before reaching Neyveli and therefore, the commuters at Neyveli did not get adequate seats.

Moreover, the buses were avoiding the Neyveli Township and dropping passengers at the arch gate. This forced them to travel over three-four km on foot at night.