Cheran, Cholan, Pandian and Pallavan – The Transport kingdoms of Tamilnadu
Cheran, Cholan, Pandian and Pallavan, these are four kingdoms which ruled south india for centuries in the history. Same happened in the history of Tamilnadu’s public transport corporation. The transport corporations named after these dynasties ruled the TN public transport sector for decades before they got renamed as MTC/TNSTCs.
Cheran Transport Corporation(CTC), Cholan Roadways Corporation(CRC), Pandian Roadways Corporation(PRC) and Pallavan Transporat Corporation(PTC) were the pioneer in bringing up new ideas and providing connectivity to the people of Tamilnadu. We had so many other corporations like Tiruvalluvar, Jeeva, Anna, Annai Sathya, Pattukottai Alagiri, Rani Mangammal, Thanthai Periar, Nesamony, Kattabomman, Dr.MGR, Dr.Ambedkhar, Mahakavi Bharathiar, Dheeran Chinnamalai, Veeran Azhagu Muthukone, Veeran Sundaralingam etc., These four are special as these were named after our historic kingdoms.
All these transport corporation’s had the old Chera, Chola, Pandya, Pallava dynasties’s Bow & Arrow, Tiger, Fish and Lion symbol’s featured in their logos. It was like a tribute to those old dynasties. Logo’s of these old corporations can be found in old bus tickets which we are preserving, depot gates etc.,
TNSTC Blog published the logo’s of Cheran, Cholan and Pallavan. Pandian was missing for longer time and we have got that now after looong search. We are publishing the logos of all four kingdoms below.
Pallavan Transport corporation (PTC) – Logo had the Pallava dynasty’s “Lion” symbol embedded in Tamilnadu state logo.
Cheran Transport corporation (CTC) – Logo had the Chera dynasty’s “Bow and Arrow” symbol embedded in Tamilnadu state logo.
Cholan Roadways Corporation (CRC) – Logo had the Chola dynasty’s “Tiger” symbol embedded in Tamilnadu state logo.
Pandian Roadways corporation(PRC) – Logo had the Pandya dynasty’s “Fish” symbol embedded in Tamilnadu state logo.
These names are etched in our memory and cannot be removed easily. Still I use to address the names of TCs with their old name.
It is indeed so. It is a pity that petty politics has resulted in removal of these glorious names.