TNSTC Coimbatore introduces 75 New routes – Reports TOI
COIMBATORE: Bus travel in western Tamil Nadu is likely to get better with the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Coimbatore division, introducing 173 new buses on 75 new routes. Of these, 99 buses will ply within Coimbatore city.
On Tuesday, chief minister J Jayalalithaa had flagged off 1,000 new eco-friendly buses and introduced 379 new bus routes in the state. Coimbatore division, which comprises of areas in Erode, Coimbatore, Tirupur and Nilgiri districts, received 173 new buses for 75 new routes.
The transport corporation was operating 1,510 buses within the Coimbatore city and to a few towns like Pollachi, Mettupalayam and Ooty. With the addition of new buses, the fleet strength will rise to 1,537 buses, V Babu, managing director, TNSTC, Coimbatore division, told TOI. He said 27 new routes have been included within the city this year to facilitate better services. The new routes were suggested based on public demand and the viability of the routes, he added.
Of these, three are moffusil bus routes while 24 are town bus routes. The new moffusil routes include Pollachi-Tarapuram, Negammam- Poolavadi and Coimbatore-Ponamaravathi. The town services include Pollachi-Nachipalayam, Pollachi- Kumarapalayam, Gandhipuram- Mayleripalayam, Kovaipudur-Thudiyalur, Thondamuthur-Gandhipuram, Gandhipuram-Narasipuram, Gandhipuram-Kovaipudur-Gandhipuram, Ukkadam-Kannamplayam, Gandhipuram-Kannampalayam, Ukkadam-Peedampati, Gandhipuram-Pattinam, Gandhipuram-Pattinam, Gandhipuram-Arasur, Gandhipuram-Kovilpalayam, Annur-Karnampettai, Vagarayampalayam-Ukkadam, Thudiyalur-Podanur, Gandhipuram- Kovilpalayam, Mettupalayam- Kuppepalayam, Sowripalayam-Thennral Nagar, Flower Bazar to Flower Bazar via Town Hall, Gandhipuram and North Kovai.
The buses will also be operated through Gandhipuram- Gandhipuram via Lakshmi Mills, Puliyakulam, and Town Hall and Pollachi-Vallakundapuram.
In Tirupur district, the corporation would operate 22 new bus routes. Of these, as many as nine are in Tirupur and the rest in Avinashi, Kangayam, Dharapuram, Madathukulam and Udumalpet areas. Of the 38 buses, a maximum of eight each were allocated for Udumalpet and Dharapuram branches and the remaining were given to Tirupur-1, Tirupur-2, Palladam, Kangayam, Palani-1 and Palani-2 branches. In Erode, 36 new buses in 22 new routes will be launched.
A senior official source said that even though moffusil bus service between Coimbatore and Ponamarvathi has started, rest of the buses will be operated in the phased manner. Bus bodies will be built in Pollachi whereas the chasis will be bought from Ashok Leyland and TELCO. A chasis costs Rs 12 lakh and construction of the body will cost Rs 7 lakh, which together takes the total cost of a bus to Rs 19 lakh, he added.
Source: Times of India – Coimbatore