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HOME-BOUND: Central bus stand in Tiruchi teeming with people on Friday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
HOME-BOUND: Central bus stand in Tiruchi teeming with people on Friday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

Syed Muthahar Saqaf

People bound for native places find the going tough in Tiruchi

TIRUCHI: Milling crowds thronged the railway junction and the Central bus stand in the city since the break of dawn on Friday, as the people were proceeding to their native places to celebrate Deepavali. Braving inclement weather, anxious men, women and children were waiting to secure accommodation in either mode of transport to reach their respective destinations.

All the regular trains proceeding to various destinations from here were running to their full capacity for the last few days. The Railways has introduced about 11 special trains in the Kanyakumari-Tiruchi-Chennai sector since October 18 and they too were jampacked.

The State Transport Corporation and the State Express Transport Corporation have been operating special buses round-the-clock since Thursday on various routes. Private bus operators have also increased their services to destinations such as Chennai, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil.

As the services operated on the Madurai route were found to be inadequate, cab owners have swung into action, operating vans to Madurai charging higher fare.

Tight security

The police and the Government Railway Police have made elaborate arrangements in the central bus stand and railway junction for the safety and security of the passengers and their property.

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