Chennai sources stated that nearly 11,000 buses will be operated from Thursday onwards up to Saturday to enable people to go to their home towns from deepawali, buses will be operating from five points in the city. Furthermore the great exodus is expected to begin soon for the festival and Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar had held a series of meetings to chalk out the arrangements.
Meanwhile the outgoing buses from city leave from Dr. M.G.R bus Terminus (CMBT), Madhavaram New bus stand, K.K nagar MTC bus stand, Arignar Anna bus stand, Tambaram-Sanatorium (MEPZ), Tambaram Railway Station bus stand, and Poonamallee Municipal bus stand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Apparently special reservation counters will be operating at all the departure points while a special reservation counter will be inaugurated by the Transport Minister on Thursday at CMBT. Hence commuters travelling more than 300 km in special buses can reserve their tickets through the website www.tnstc.in
Moreover the transport department said operation of all Tamilnadu and APSRTC buses to andhra pradesh via Red Hills will depart from the Madhavaram New bus stand. Buses to puducherry, Cuddalore and chidambaram via ECR will depart from K.K. nagar MTC bus stand. Buses to kumbakonam and thanjavur via Tindivanam will depart from Arignar Anna bus stand, Tambaram Sanatorium. Perhaps on account of deepawali, the state government also announced a local holiday on October 28 (Monday) for all government offices and educational institutions in the state.