Special Correspondent

Commuters can complain to Regional Transport Officers

MADURAI: There is some good news for travelling public.

The Regional Transport Office (Madurai Central) authorities have warned of stringent punishment against transport operators who collected excess fare from commuters utilising the Pongal rush.

According to RTO (Madurai central) T.G. Thomas, public can directly lodge complaint with him at 94430-22231 and with Motor Vehicles Inspectors M. Amirtheeswaran at 93459-94934, M. Maripandi at 98421-18948, K. Selvaraj at 94444-16595 and K. Baskaran at 94442-47722 about any transport operator who collect excess fare.

The RTO authorities also appealed to the motorists not to speak over mobile phones while driving vehicles and urged them to go for safe driving.

Following complaints from public that many government buses and private operators (omni buses) allegedly fleeced commuters utilising the rush, the RTO officials have formed special squads.

Apart from vigilance teams, senior TNSTC officials are also monitoring the routes in view of the holiday rush.

While express trains and holiday specials are running full between different destinations according to railway officials, the flights are also booked to their full capacity.

According to an airline company executive, the air fare between Madurai and Chennai was sold at Rs.17,000 one-way on Wednesday.