The Tamil Nadu government is now planning to allow the operation of public transport between districts. The government recently requested the railways to resume trains to various places outside Chennai.
The Southern Railway has proposed to resume non-AC services in four routes — Coimbatore – Mayiladuturai, Villupuram – Madurai, Tiruchchirapalli – Nagercoil and Katpadi – Coimbatore.
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has requested the Centre to run non-AC special trains within Tamil Nadu, connecting important railway stations, other than Chennai Egmore and Tambaram.
Based on the Chief Minister’s letter of May 21 to the Minister for Railways, the Southern Railway has sought permission from the Railway Board to run four trains.
According to reports, the train no. 12084/12083 has been proposed to be operated as Jan Shatabdi special train. The Chennai Egmore-Madurai Vaigai Express (12635/12636) has been proposed to be run between Villupuram and Madurai.
If the trains are allowed, then government and private buses also will expect to be allowed to operate in select routes. The lockdown was implemented invoking Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code by police commissioners and district authorities in the State, to prevent the spread of the pandemic.