As more relaxations of lockdown restrictions came into effect this morning, Metro Rails started running in Chennai and inter-district bus and train services resumed in Tamil Nadu after a long gap of more than five months.
With the state government allowing intra-state and inter-district transportation from September 7, the State Express Transport Corporation (SETC), which caters to long distance commuters, has decided to introduce non-AC buses linking various parts of the state with Chennai.
K Elangovan, Managing Director, SETC, said initially about 400 non-AC sleeper and semi-sleeper buses will be resumed from midnight on September 6. “The buses will run from CMBT bus terminus as usual. As of now, SETC buses will not be operated to other states,” he said.
Inter-district bus transport and passenger train services within Tamil Nadu would be permitted from September 7, Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced on Wednesday, a day after large-scale relaxations in COVID-19 lockdown curbs came into effect.
While public and private bus transport were allowed only within districts from Tuesday, there were representations from the public seeking facilitation of services to travel from one district to another and hence the decision to further ease curbs, he said.
The state government restarted bus service within districts on Tuesday. In an official statement, the chief minister said there were requests from the public to recommence the operations for inter-district travel for work and business-related activities. “Permission is granted to resume inter-district public and private bus transport following standard operating procedure,” Palaniswami said.