SETC TNSTC boasts of best Online Ticketing Services
Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation’s (TNSTC), the largest bus transport corporation in the world with a fleet of 22,000 buses, one of the best online ticket booking services in the country
According to union surface transport sources, Andhra Pradesh with a similar strength had entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest transport corporation in October 1999.
Strangely enough, Kashmir, Assam, North Bengal, Bihar, Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh have no online ticket reservation system, according to official sources.
While Gujarat and Karnataka transport corporation’s north east, north west and central units have dedicated websites, Tamil Nadu is the only state which has e-booking facilities for its Madurai, Coimbatore, Villupuram, Salem and Kumbakonam divisions.
State Express Transport Corporation’s (SETC) though has come in for lot of criticism for its services, still carries one lakh passengers daily and from 91-92 onwards, with the exception of 95-96, has won national awards in various transport related categories till 2013-14.
Separately, Chennai’s Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) with its 3798 buses ferries around 52 lakh passengers daily earning Rs.3 crore daily. Though MTC, SETC and TNSTC occasionally hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, there is no gain saying the fact that if not for their over-used vehicles, the daily economy of the state would have come to a standstill.
Though state transport corporations in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh provide passes for students and physically challenged, Tamil Nadu is the only state which provides this facility for senior citizens.
Source : dtNEXT.