Sri Andal Express of Usilampatti depot

Usilampatti maintenance staff  is now well known for their extra bit of decorations on their depot buses . Buses recently inducted to this depot carries a tag such as Meenakshi , Pandiyan express ,Usilai thendral …

Here are the visuals of  one such “Sri Andal Express”  spotted doing Sivagangai – Salem .

The bus is TN 58 N 2143  and the operating  pattern should  be Usilampatti – Madurai – Sivagangai – Salem – Sivagangai – Madurai – Usilampatti

TN 58 N 2143 Sri Andal express


Rear profile

Normal express buses originating from Salem towards beyond Madurai takes 5 hours up to Madurai which still can be reduced by another 30 mins.

New buses of TNSTC-Madurai’s Virudhunagar region

Few new buses from Virudhungar region..

TN67 N 0824 of Sathur depot running in Kovilpatti-Coimbatore

TN67 N 0834 of Virudhunagar depot waiting for its departure to Nagercoil as BPR

TN67 N 837 of Aruppukottai depot heading to Mettupalayam via Coimbatore

TN67 N 0860, A brand new in-house built bus of VNR region’s Aruppukottai depot heading to Madurai from Aruppukottai.

TN67 N 0862, Inhouse built newbie of Aruppukottai depot running in Madurai-Aruppukottai

Bus Timings at Sivakasi N.R.K.Rajarathinam Busstand

Timings at Sivakasi copy

Click on the Timings for Enlarged view

Source : Sivakasi Weekly

Depots under Construction/Proposed in TNSTCs

1. Annur(Coimbatore region)
2. Ondipudhur-3(Coimbatore region)
3. Kodumudi(Erode region)

1. Sekkanoorani(Madurai region)

1. Karaikudi
2. Tirunelveli-2

1. Thiruvaiyaru(Kumbakonam region)
2. Aravankurichi(Karur region)

2.Besant Nagar

TNSTC-Madurai called a tender for constructing depot at Sekkanoorani

TNSTC-Madurai’s Madurai region has called a tender for constructing a new depot at Sekkanoorani(Checkkanurani).

This new depot will help madurai region to move some of the city buses running in Theni road from the older depots like Ponmeni, City, Ellis Nagar, Sholavandhan etc.,

Aruppukottai-Tirupur-Mettupalayam service of TNSTC-Madurai’s Virudhunagar region

An unique route from TNSTC-Madurai’s Virudhunagar region.

TN67 N 0822 of Aruppukottai depot running in Aruppukottai-Tirupur-Mettupalayam route. Is this the first service from TNSTC-Madurai to be operated via Avinashi, Annur? Other Mettupalayam bound buses from VNR region goes via Coimbatore.


New buses of TNSTC – Madurai’s Dindugal region

Here are few brand new buses allotted to Dindugal region of TNSTC – Madurai . Once this region used to be  a dump yard for worn out buses now getting a better and fair treatment.

TN 57 N 2142 of Periyakulam depot deployed on Kumuli – Trichy

TN 57 N 2157 of Bodi depot on Bodi – Thanjai – Velankanni

TN 57 N 2166 of Dindugal – I depot on Sivakasi – Coimbatore

TN 57 N 2200 of Bodi depot on Kumuli – Coimbatore

TN 57 N 2214 of Thevaram depot deployed on Cumbum – Coimbatore

Town buses of Usilampatti

From the uncovered areas in TNSTC blog..

Townies from Madurai region running in Usilampatti.. Town routes from Usilampatti typically has “U” as prefix.

TN58 N 1280, A pasumalai workshop built city bus of Usilampatti depot..

TN 58 N 1280

TN58 N 0537, A rebuilt bus of Usilai depot.. Running in Usilai-Vikramangalam route..

TN 58 N 0537



Bus Timings at Theni

TNSTC reaps good harvest during Pongal

In Madurai region, the fare collection stood at Rs 13.06 crore

The state-run TNSTC (Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation) has reported an increase in its revenue from fare collection before and after the Pongal festival in the southern districts.

Despite close to 300 buses in the region being impounded by various courts for not complying with issuance of compensation to accident victims, the TNSTC had reported close to a Rs one crore increase in its revenue than the corresponding last season.

According to a senior TNSTC official, to clear extra rush, the Corporation had made elaborate arrangements and planned the requirement well in advance. By pressing in spare vehicles from different depots and by operating almost round-the-clock on the eve of Pongal from various destinations, the public were ensured mobility.

The southern district, which comprises Madurai, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil regions had operated 4,480 buses from January 12 to 16.
In Madurai region, the fare collection stood at Rs 13.06 crore, which was higher by Rs 90 lakh than the previous Pongal festival period, which netted Rs 12.16 crore. However, the collection was not encouraging from Tirunelveli and Nagercoil regions as the Corporation had reported a marginal increase of just Rs 13,000. The five day collection during the current year was Rs 8.73 crore, while it was Rs 8.60 crore during corresponding last Pongal season, the official added.

Buses impounded
The official said that the revenue from the Pongal season would have actually been higher this year but following court directive, as many as 290 buses from Madurai and Tirunelveli regions were impounded since the Corporation had not settled claims/compensation to accident victims. Of course, the cases were pending at various stages now; he clarified and refused to elaborate.

Despite limitations, the official said that overall coordination of officers and field supervisors facilitated in ensuring that the special buses were operated thus reaping in productivity. During this time, reservation and non-reservation services were operated and it was welcomed by the commuters.

Chennai focus
However, trade union office-bearers from CITU said that the Corporation had given undue importance to Chennai and deployed large number of buses to the headquarters. This affected many routes in southern districts. Further, by focusing on longer stretches, the shorter destinations were operated by private operators, who collected fancy fares utilizing the season, they alleged.

When contacted, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Staff Federation state treasurer S. Sampath said that in the lines of Karnataka, the Tamil Nadu government may consider passenger linked insurance which would enable easy settlement of compensation to the accident victims/their legal heirs. Thus detention of buses or impounding of vehicles could be prevented.

Source: Moreover, it would also pave way for covering more routes on regular days, which were now hampered due to court directives.The Hindu


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