Starting early hours of Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) had commenced the operation of special bus services from Tirupur to various destinations in the state to ease the passenger congestion during Deepavali.
TNSTC Divisional Manager M. Nattudurai told The Hindu that the special services would continue till Friday afternoon when the rush of the predominant migrant workers in the textile industry heading for their native towns end.
He said that about 450 buses regrouped from Palladam, Karur, Gobichettiapalayam, Nambiyur, Perundurai, Kangeyam, Dharapuram, Karur and Palani depots, apart from the Tirupur-based buses, had been pressed into service to ensure almost 1,000 departures to various places.
The buses heading for Madurai, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Salem, Chennai and Theni were being operated from the Old Bus Stand while those heading to Tiruchi, Karur and Kumbakonam from the New Bus Stand.
With the Deepavali bonus expected to be disbursed in majority of the textile units only on Thursday, the TNSTC officials anticipate the maximum rush on the day.
The police had strengthened security in the two bus stands and placed men in mufti to prevent any chain snatching, pick pocketing and harassment of women.