The announcement was made at a three-day meeting held by the Transport Secretary with the state transport corporations.

Chennais MTC to introduce new fleet of buses that are disabled-friendlyImage for representation
news Transport Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 09:15

Chennai’s Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) will soon introduce new buses that enable persons with disabilities to travel comfortably. The buses will be designed in such a manner as to accommodate persons with disabilities along with their wheelchairs, according to reports.

The announcement was made at the three-day meeting held by Transport Secretary J Radhakrishnan along with the state transport corporations (STC) in Tamil Nadu. The buses to be introduced will have foldable ramps which help persons with disabilities to board and deboard the bus without the help of another person.

The move comes after the Madras High Court constantly pulled up the transport corporations for not taking sufficient steps to make public buses disabled-friendly. The MTC had also readied a working model of the modification, which was done in a new red-coloured bus by a private firm.

In the meeting, the TNSTC officials were directed to draft an action plan to execute the announcements related to transport department made by the chief minister under Rule 110 in the state assembly. There were also discussions about increasing revenue to the transport corporations, reducing expenses, scrapping of old buses etc. The meeting also saw discussions to modernise 16 out of the 32 MTC bus depots under the Smart City Mission.

The state transport department has purchased 3,881 new buses so far at an outlay of Rs 1,160 crore. J Radhakrishnan directed the TNSTC employees to maintain it well so that more revenue can be generated from them. He also thanked the government for sanctioning Rs 1,912 crore in the supplementary budget to settle the pending retirement benefits to employees.

Meanwhile, the officials from the state transport corporations presented working plans to introduce electric buses in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai soon. According to news reports, the work of installing recharge points for such buses in the three cities has been completed.

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