Mini Bus Scheme in Tamil Nadu :
The transport services provided by the Government to the public is increasing day by day. More than 18,000 buses are operated through out the State. These facilities are available in rural, semi-urban and urban areas. Apart from this public transport system, recognizing the need to provide public transport facilities to the people of unserved or inadequately served , semi-urban and rural areas, the Government introduced the ” Mini-bus Services Scheme ” to be operated by private individuals from 1997.
Considering the benefits of this scheme ‘ Government modified this scheme in 1999 enabling operations of Mini Buses in the rural areas for a total distance of 20 kms, with an overlapping distance of 4 kms on the served sectors . This modified scheme has been challenged before the Court of Law and Government is taking appropriate steps to have the matter sorted out. Presently 3959 mini buses are plying in Tamilnadu. The Government is also exploring the possibility of bringing out a “New Mini Bus Policy” by formulating a State-wide comprehensive Area Scheme.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had previously announced in the state assembly about the start of Mini Bus service in the areas where conventional buses cannot be used.
Now the state government has been decided to run 50 buses today for the public. The inaugural function is scheduled to take place at the Chennai Nehru Indoor Stadium. The details of the routes of the Mini Buses…