MTC operates additional buses

The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) has decided to increase its scheduled number of bus services to 2,750 a day from today as the State government is imposing new restrictions.

The MTC would operate 300 to 400 additional buses in the city and suburbs to cater for the passenger requirements, said an official statement from the MTC.

“Buses were allowed to carry 44 seated passengers and 25 passengers on standing. Now the government has banned standing travel,” it said.

The additional buses would be operated on the routes of Chengelpet, Guduvancherry, Tambaram, Kelambakkam, Semmencheri, Perumbakkam, Manali, Kannagi Nagar, Perambur, Ambattur, Avadi, Tiruvottiyur and Red Hills.

Sources in the MTC said it has been operating 2,300-2,350 buses a day as of date, even though the number of passengers travelling on the buses has come down steeply.

Sources said though the operation of 2,100 buses would suffice for the 18 lakh passengers travelling in a day, considering the safety of the passengers, the number of buses on busy routes will be increased.