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Scores of commuters were left stranded at various bus terminals in Chennai and other districts as the indefinite Tamil Nadu bus strike by the transport workers’ unions continued for the third day.
More than 70 per cent government buses continued to remain off road as the strike entered day three. Even as temporary staff and private buses pitched in, public transport has crippled in most parts of the state including Chennai.
To deal with the increasing demand for other means of transport in the wake of the bus strike, the Southern Railway (SR) decided to run regular services despite a scheduled maintenance work. The SR had cancelled many suburban trains today and tomorrow for track maintenance works. The Chennai central suburban terminus witnessed a huge crowd on Saturday due to the bus strike.
The Chennai Division of the Southern Railway will run all the 670 EMU services in the Suburban sectors on 6th and 7th (Saturday and Sunday) of January in view of the bus strike instead of the reduced 602 weekend services. The extra rush of passengers are being handled at 254 UTS (Unreserved Ticketing System) at various stations in Chennai Division, along with 60 ATVMs (along with ATVM facilitators) in 41 locations as well as 24 JTBS (Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Seva) counters in 16 locations.
In Koyambedu, several commuters were stranded as buses were not plying on Saturday morning. A large number of people were seen queued up waiting for the private buses at the different bus stops. Koyambedu CMBT bus terminal which is normally busy during the weekends sported a very deserted look during the wee hours of Saturday. However, Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) has managed to bring in more temporary staff so that nearly 1,300 of the total 3,800 buses could be operated.
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