Pongal season Chennai private buses charge upto Rs 1800 extra
Government arranging 11000 special buses from Chennai to various parts of State with extra pongal rush, this year too, commuters taken for a ride by private omni buses and exorbitant fares. Private bus operators are charging an additional fare ranging between Rs 800 to Rs 1800 per ticket this year.
Ticket fares of non AC buses from Chennai to Madurai ranged between Rs 1100 and Rs 1500 against usual Rs 600 to Rs 700. Cost of non AC sleeper tickets were Rs 1800 to Rs 2200 on same route. Ticket fares on routes such as Chennai-Bengaluru, Chennai-Coimbatore, Chennai-Trichy, Chennai-Thanjavur, Chennai-Mayiladuthurai, Chennai-Karur ranged between Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800.
Commuters to southern districts are worst affected. Fares to Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Thoothukudi, Thiruchendur increased up to Rs 2,000-Rs 2,500 at seater buses. Fares increased up from January 9th. I paid Rs 2200 for a semi-sleeper seat to Nagercoil on Saturday. Usual fare is about RS 900, states K Mahesh, a native of Nagercoil.
“More than Rs 30 lakh which has been collected from private tourist buses from permit violations he stated. Road traffic in Chennai usually gets messy during festival days, Officials attributed the same to extend up public holidays. Last year, day time buses to Villupuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Salem and nearby towns were fully loaded,” stated at a transport official.
Due to continuous holidays, people leave Chennai in two days which have left over span of four days. Demand for overnight buses decreased down which is why city traffic are not been affected, stated by official. As per official records, about six lakh commuters have travelled by government buses at last three days.