Staff Reporter

SALEM: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam inaugurated a new office building of the Salem district Bus Owners Association here on Sunday.

At the function, the Minister said private bus operators should function with a service motive. As the population was on the rise, it was important that the Government and private operators should provide better transport service to the people.

Transport Minister K.N. Nehru said efforts would be taken to construct buildings for the Regional Transport Offices (RTO), offices of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation and offices of the Transport Department this year.

He said construction of a building for the Salem RTO, which was functioning in a rented building now, would begin this year. About three acres had already been allotted to the RTO for this purpose, he said.