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TNSTC: Madurai division to be divided

Staff Reporter

Driving academy will be established to produce skilled manpower

— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

NEW: Minister for Transport K.N. Nehru giving away an auto key to a beneficiary at the inauguration of new buses in Dindigul on Monday.

DINDIGUL: Madurai division of State Transport Corporation will be divided into two divisions and Tirunelveli division will be established shortly. Moreover, the Madurai Division will get full reimbursement of the free bus pass claims within two months, according K. N. Nehru, Minister for Transport.

He was flagging of over 250 buses for Madurai Division comprising Virudhunagar, Madurai, Nagercoil, Dindigul and other southern regions at a function held here on Monday.

The State Government had settled cent per cent claim for the amount spent for free buses to Chennai Division. Other divisions too will get the full amount shortly. (Madurai division had received only 56 per cent of its total claim.) Such settlement will help the Madurai Division to offset its loss, he added.

Ten thousand buses had been added to fleet of Transport Corporatism in three year period. Madurai division alone had received 770 out of total allotment of 1,000 new buses. It will get the rest shortly. Madurai division has been running on Rs.4 crore loss.

Rectification work was on in 330 accident prone zones on highways to scale down accidents, he added.

Driving academy will be established to produce skilled drivers. More training track will also set up at regional transport offices.

A meet of all trade unions will be convened in Chennai to settle all grievances of workers shortly.

Responding to a plea made by the Revenue Minister, Mr. Nehru assured to provide new buses to operate on hills.

Reacting strongly to a complaint made by Dindigul MLA K. Balabarathi that Dindigul division collected extra amount than the prescribed fare during festival days, Mr. Nehru warned that stern action will be taken against officials who collected extra fare.

The government did not pass any order to charge extra fare from passengers during festival seasons. An inquiry will be constituted and the guilty would be punished.

Earlier, Revenue Minister I. Periasamy appealed to provide new buses for hilly regions and 35 buses to seven constituencies.

Four new routes – Dindigul-Kannivadi through Mylapore, Oddanchatram to T. Kombai through Neelamalaikottai, Palani to Kallimandhayam through Puliyampatti and Palani to Paraipatti through Vilvadhampatti – were introduced.

A total of 120 buses were added to the fleet of Dindigul Region.

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