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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Adding my experience to this past history list:

The erstwhile TPTC (Tanthai Periar Transport Corporation), now TNSTC VM used to cover Chennai to Pondy in sharp 3 hrs, when the bus stand in Chennai was in Parrys ( Broadway bus stand).

But now, even after 4 laning the road, they are taking 3.5 hrs.
But their maintenance is the best in TN.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:32 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

sc_shankar wrote:

Dear Dhandapani,

Thanks for the updates. Did Cheran had the same spatious windows like the old PRC buses?

I had rated PRC high interms of their design seating, window, exit points (front is close to the driver and rear is long row + one seat before), leg space was very good and so different than from RMTC, KTC,NTC buses.

Based on the old Cheran buses I have spotted at MDU and TEN, they had a similar RMTC design of narrow windows with sliding glasses. Probably they might had a better design in POY/CBE area. which I am not sure.


Dear Shankar,
Cheran had one of the best seating arrangements with good leg spaces. Till date, they never outsourced the seats(except the ones built by PVT units in 2008-09). We had super deluxe buses running in early 90s between POY and Chennai. PPL preferred this Cheran run Chennai service compared to Thiruvalluvar.

CEC(Cheran engineering corporation) had special equipments to test the roof. It was mandatory that the newly built buses should pass the roof test during those days. Now that machine is kept idle i think. My cousin worked as a apprentice for an year. So mentioned all these things. Smile CEC was formed from AE(Anamalais engineering-ABT body building unit) POY.

Cheran had wide doors in city buses. Proper arrangements were made separately for ladies in front side(without confusion like other cities). Unlike pallavan(MTC) conductor used to go inside the bus to collect the tickets.

Cheran had a unique bell in city buses, you cannot find those bells in other TNSTCs. You can see the bell in KeSRTC too. I miss that trademark bell in the latest JNNURM buses. I'll take a pic of that bell and put it here.

Now the situation is totally different.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Those bells mentioned above are familiar in APSRTC Hyderabad city buses especially double deckers. Where upper deck conductor pulls the rope to ring the bell. One more bell will be placed near the driver which will be operated by lower deck conductor.

In Pallavan Transport, there were unique Push Button bells which can be operated by passengers itself when bus didn't stop at the stops.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:44 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

venkat wrote:
Those bells mentioned above are familiar in APSRTC Hyderabad city buses especially double deckers. Where upper deck conductor pulls the rope to ring the bell. One more bell will be placed near the driver which will be operated by lower deck conductor.

In Pallavan Transport, there were unique Push Button bells which can be operated by passengers itself when bus didn't stop at the stops.

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You can see the Push buttons located in one or two places inside the bus. Cheran has 3 separate bell switches in the moffusil buses. But most of the times conductors wont use those buttons.

Bells in city buses had one long twine providing in end to end connection inside the bus. In school days we use to pull that twine for stopping the bus. Some conductors will throw of good words scolding the students. Smile But in pvt buses conductors wont tell anything. Smile

Actually i loved the Bow and Arrow symbol(Cheran) present in the buses. I miss that Bow and Arrow symbol now.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Dear members,

This report from dailythanthi, CBE edition states, that there was a scramble for booking bus tickets from CBE to various destinations in the South TN for Deepavali festival falling on next month. Unlike railway reservation for which ARP ( Advance Reservation period) starts 3 months before, for buses in Tamil nadu the ARP is 1 month it seems. ( Bus travel experts may highlight upon this )

http://www.dailythanthi.com/article.asp?NewsID=598374&disdate=10/5/2010&advt=2

The report adds that apart from various southern TN destinations, people booked for Chennai as well as Bangalore. There were across the counter bookings as well as ONLINE bookings for various buses.

Majority of the bookings made from CBE were to Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Devakottai, Shencottah, Tuticorin besides Chennai and Bangalore.

On a single day, all the tickets for various buses for Deepavali were sold out.

The no. of buses ( TNSTC, I presume) from CBE to various destinations are as follows.

Tirunelveli - 10 buses, Nagercoil - 3 buses, Devakottai - 3 buses, Shencottah - 6 buses, Thisayanvilai, Sathankulam - 2 buses each, Udankudi, Marthandam & Kanniyakumari - 1 bus each.

Despite a single counter being operated, people waited patiently and got their tickets to their respective destinations for celebrating Deepavali.

P.S. :- So, now the Omni bus operators can have a field day and go for a kill, from those passengers who were not fortunate enough to get tickets in TNSTC buses !!!! ( The last sentence is my comment and not put in the newspaper !!! Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

ravi wrote:


The no. of buses ( TNSTC, I presume) from CBE to various destinations are as follows.

Tirunelveli - 10 buses, Nagercoil - 3 buses, Devakottai - 3 buses, Shencottah - 6 buses, Thisayanvilai, Sathankulam - 2 buses each, Udankudi, Marthandam & Kanniyakumari - 1 bus each.

bye & cheers,
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This is the numbers from SETC. Apart from this we have TNSTC-CBE(CBE, ED) and MDU(All regions) operating buses from CBE to almost all of south TN places.

Bookings for few TNSTC-CBE 3X2 seater buses can also be done in this online reservation through SETC counters.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

ravi wrote:
The no. of buses ( TNSTC, I presume) from CBE to various destinations are as follows.
Tirunelveli - 10 buses, Nagercoil - 3 buses, Devakottai - 3 buses, Shencottah - 6 buses, Thisayanvilai, Sathankulam - 2 buses each, Udankudi, Marthandam & Kanniyakumari - 1 bus each.
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Dear Ravi,

These buses are the ones operated by SETC (erstwhile Thiruvalluvar) and not TNSTC. Coimbatore - Devakottai is operated by SETC and no TNSTC operates in the short route(via Pollachi, Udumalaipettai, Palani, Dindigul, Natham, Tirupattur, Karaikudi). The very few TNSTC buses operated between CBE and Sivaganga/ Ramnad districts travel via Karur, Trichy, Pudukottai and don't have reservations at all.

Moreover, considering the distance in other sectors in Tirunelveli/ Tuticorin & Kanyakumari districts, I would strongly say they are SETC buses only.

There could be few services by TNSTC but they do not have reservations at all since they utilise normal fleet.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:24 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

RameshRajarathinam wrote:

There could be few services by TNSTC but they do not have reservations at all since they utilise normal fleet.

Ramesh


There are reservations in TNSTC buses. From CBE in certain buses to Hosur, Pudukottai etc have reservations.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

RameshRajarathinam wrote:

There could be few services by TNSTC but they do not have reservations at all since they utilise normal fleet.

Ramesh


Ramesh,
You can do reservations for TNSTC-CBE's normal buses too. Please check the route details of those buses in the below pic. Taken in ukkadam BS.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:53 pm    Post subject: KSRTC Mercedes Benz service to Chennai and Hyderabad If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

KSRTC is starting Mercedes Benz services to Chennai and Hyderabad from 8th October 2010

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:02 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Dear members,

Thank you so much for correcting me. ( Especially Ramesh Rajarathinam, who clarified that these buses which I had listed quoting the Daily thanthi report, from CBE to various destinations in South TN are operated by SETC and not by TNSTC of various depots)

I stand corrected.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:31 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

chidambaram wrote:
There are reservations in TNSTC buses. From CBE in certain buses to Hosur, Pudukottai etc have reservations.
Thanks Mr. Chidambaram & Dhandapani for correcting me. Now it strikes me that I have seen reservations for Vellore, Tiruttani buses (normal) of TNSTC, Trichy from Trichy.

A special thanks to Dhandapani for his photo from Ukkadam BS. Hope the buses in the list from Hosur are normal since Thiruchendur fare is given as 350/-. Just to confirm, does the Pudukottai bus ply via Karur, Trichy?

Dear Ravi, I apologise for misleading you.

Thanks

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:05 pm    Post subject: Demand to operate more special buses in the festive season If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Dear All,

Similar to the article in dinathandhi, dinamalar also has 1 yesterday.

Tickets in all trains & government buses from important cities of TN to southern districts for the festive season are reserved.

Since reservation of tickets in trains bound to southern & western districts of TN are full including the specials, people have started reserving in SETC buses.
Reservation for these buses opens before 37 days before date of journey. All seats of 885 buses operated by SETC were reserved in just 2 days after opening of reservation for diwali. Those who went to reserve before 3 days returned empty handed with disappointment.

Since omni buses reservations are also 75% full, special buses in huge numbers in intrastate routes of TN from important cities to southern districts in TN is requested. 59 counters are being operated in 48 locations across TN for taking care of reservations in government buses. After waiting for a long time in queue with a filled reservation form, passengers can know if tickets are available only on reaching the counter. So transport corporations need to make arrangements to let the passengers know about the seat availability.

On-line booking:

Officers keep saying that on-line reservations can be made in SETC for traveling to destinations from anywhere to anywhere not only in TN but also to Karnataka, AP. But when their website is visited, no guidelines are given except simply saying tickets can be reserved before 37 days of journey.

For complete article, pls visit http://www.dinamalar.com/News_Detail.asp?Id=100064

Buses to Kerala are missing in the on-line booking list. Every year lot many reports on trains getting filled up in minutes during festive seasons are published, but no efforts till date. This year buses also have joined the talk. But SETC and TNSTC's would make good profits by just writing in the wind shields saying SPECIALS. SadSad

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Demand to operate more special buses in the festive seas If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

RameshRajarathinam wrote:



Officers keep saying that on-line reservations can be made in SETC for traveling to destinations from anywhere to anywhere not only in TN but also to Karnataka, AP. But when their website is visited, no guidelines are given except simply saying tickets can be reserved before 37 days of journey.

For complete article, pls visit http://www.dinamalar.com/News_Detail.asp?Id=100064

Buses to Kerala are missing in the on-line booking list. Every year lot many reports on trains getting filled up in minutes during festive seasons are published, but no efforts till date. This year buses also have joined the talk. But SETC and TNSTC's would make good profits by just writing in the wind shields saying SPECIALS. SadSad

Ramesh


Actually in the rules it is saying 30 days. I'm not sure, where it said 37 days advance booking. Smile
Reservation done 30 days in advance
Source: http://tnstc.in/rules&regulations.html
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:39 pm    Post subject: Protest by people due to unannounced fare hikes in pvt buses If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Article from dinamalar today regarding people holding up private buses/ mini buses/ town buses due to unannounced fare hike around Attur http://www.dinamalar.com/News_Detail.asp?Id=100574

People holding up private buses/ mini buses/ town buses protesting to fare hikes are happening very frequently around Attur.

Fares in private buses are given a comparison before and after hike

Attur new bus stand - Salem 16.50 19.00
Attur new bus stand - Vazhapadi 7.00 10.00
Attur new bus stand - Talaivasal 5.50 7.00

For few days all private buses plying in Attur, Kallakurichi, Rasipuram, Perambalur, Veeraganoor routes are charging 5 rs extra for each stage. The stage ticket fare has also gone up from 3.50 to 5. Govt. & private buses ticket fares are priced at 28 paise per km. Private & mini buses have increased ticket fare suddenly without announcement citing diesel price hike & saying TN government had approved it due to which passengers are highly disappointed.

Yesterday few passengers in private buses from Salem - Attur protested for the fare hike. Since they held up these private buses after arguments, traffic in Salem - Chennai NH was affected for above 20 minutes. They argued with drivers & conductors asking them to charge actual fares for private & min buses in Attur, Talaivasal, Veeraganoor routes. Concerned police held talks with the people. Later they handed over petition to revenue department officers requesting collector's interference in the issue.

Though arguing and holding up of private buses due to fare hike has become daily, the district administration has not taken any steps to stop it and people are very disappointed by them.

Note: Are these people aware of SETC/ TNSTC buses indirect fare hikes by posting few stickers like PP, Express, LSS, TSS, ByePass Rider, Highway Rider, 1 to 1, 1 to 5 etc...?

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