Tamil Nadu Transport Minister M R Vijayabhaskar today inaugurated the reservations for Pongal special bus services at Koyambedu bus terminus in Chennai. Speaking to reporters, he said, "Buses heading south from Koyambedu bus terminus during Pongal holidays will not pass through Maduravoyal bypass but instead will be driven through Outer Ring Road. So, passengers at Perungalathur have to go to Urapakkam bus stand to catch their respective buses."
He added: "A total of 14,237 buses will be operated from Chennai during Pongal festival days." The state-run transport corporations have jointly released their draft plan for the upcoming festival days when passengers count will be high. Recently, after chairing a meeting of senior officials, Vijayabhaskar said more than 14,000 buses would be operated from the city to various destinations in the State for three days before and after the festival. Long-distance buses will be operated from six places — Koyambedu, Madhavaram, K K Nagar, Tambaram Sanatorium, Tambaram and Poonnamallee. Special ticket counters will start functioning at Koyambedu from January 9.
Bus services bound for Myladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Velankanni, Tiruchi, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Shenkottai, Thoothukudi, Tiruchendur, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari , Thiruvananthapuram, Tindivanam, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Panruti, Neyveli, Kallakuruchi, Cuddalore, Karaikudi, Pudukottai, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, Tirupur, Erode, Ooty, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Coimbatore, Ernakulam and Bengaluru will commence from Koyambedu bus stand.