TNSTC Villupuram 7Hrs Journey Chennai – Salem
TNSTC Villupuram ROCKSTAR
Travel Review on 7HrsJourney
Pic & Review : Madhan.M
The one journey that i have been waiting to happen for long in the Salem – Chennai route has been finally accomplished..
Planned to leave to Salem the day after Christmas(Friday) and reached CMBT without booking tickets. My plan was to try one of the Super Deluxe buses(TNSTC VPM). TN 32 N 4032 arrived at 22:30 and in no time the bus was filled to its capacity while I managed to get a seat. The bus was Scheduled to leave by 23:00. TN 32 N 4029 another SD 22:30 departure had no seats vacant and left the bay.
UNCROWNED KING – TN 32 N 4032 1 to 6 7hours tag SUPER FAST. Villupuram region’s Koyambedu depot.
Built on a ordinary(3×2) chassis, it had 40 seats.
Well maintained and Comfortable seating with good push back.
The seats above the wheel were little crampy. They should have heighten the seating base.
The last row VIP seat(as in SETC) was also good, unlike SETC with no head rests or cushion.
Many of the push back buttons were useless and the seats are controlled by the weight of the person. So when the bus was cruising overtaking in the NH, there were hassles and was quite uncomfortable. This is where SETC scores.
23:00 on the dot left from CMBT. Thanks to Minimal traffic the bus cruised to the Chennai bypass swiftly. The Driver used the bus to its optimum level and extracted he best he could from it and overtook everything he saw. Reached perungalathur and a pile up of traffic created by our own TNSTC/SETC welcomed us.
Left Perungalathur around 00:00. Speeding at its best we reached Villupuram BS just to sign a register at 02:30 sharp completing 2.5 hours journey. The high point was, before reaching Villupuram had a fierce chase with with MSS A/C bus and PAPPS sleeper and overtook them. FIRST TIME EVER the TNSTC/SETC bus that i am in overtakes a Private bus.
Left VPM by 02:35 and the race continued. I dozed off later only to be awakened by the conductor on reaching Salem CBS. Looked my watch and it was 05:30. Damn!! That was a record travel time of 2 hours 55 minuted from VPM to Salem.. Literally Could not believe myself. The total travel time is 6.5 hours(Promised time is 7hours). We caught up with 22:30 departure TN 32 N 4029 at Salem CBS and entered back to back.
My Best ever journey in any TNSTC in any route In the entire journey the only vehicles that overtook us was west bound KPN MAVs.
TN 32 N 4029 Schd.Dept at CMBT 22:30.
TN 32 N 4032 Schd.Dept at CMBT 23:00.
FARE : 240/- (UD FARE),.
Seats are filled on first come first basis. So need to go atleast half an hour earlier to be on the safer side. Unfortunately there is no SD for the return trip(From Salem) after 21:00. TNSTC VPM should think about this. As of now the unanimous choice in this sector.(Chennai – Salem)