MTC Volvo buses for Kovai meet

CHENNAI: Chennaiites will miss the luxurious Metropolitan Transport Corporation Volvo services for a while, with the State Government deciding to move the air-conditioned coaches for the World Classical Tamil Conference at Coimbatore. Eighty such buses would be used to ferry delegates to the conference venue in the Textile City.

“The buses are likely to start from Chennai on Monday night and are expected to return to the city in a week’s time,” official sources with the Stateowned transport corporation told Express. Necessary arrangements have been made for the stay of about 250 crew members, who would be housed in a marriage hall, the sources added. Apart from this, 40 semi-floor deluxe buses belonging to MTC are heading for Coimbatore to facilitate the tens and thousands of visitors expected to come for the conference.

Apart from Chennai, over 300 buses will be operated from various districts of the State to Coimbatore between June 22 and 27. An official attached to the Transport Corporation in rural Tamil Nadu said the government has ordered six transport corporations to ply special buses between district headquarters, important towns and Coimbatore.

It may be recalled that Southern Railways has also announced special trains for the Tamil Conference. These trains will operate from Chennai and Kanyakumari to Coimbatore from June 21.

Meanwhile, Hindu Munnani founder convenor Rama Gopalan has alleged that the Transport Department is refusing to grant permits for omni buses to Karur, where the forum is conducting its State level conference on Sunday.

In a statement here on Saturday, he claimed that when a few members of the Munnani approached the transport authorities in Chennai seeking permit for private buses to Karur, the request was turned down by the officials, as they were instructed to provide permits for Coimbatore only.

“It is the right of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to invite people for the Tamil conference. However, denying permits to vehicles moving to the rest of the State for other purposes is misuse of power by officials,” he charged.

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