100 MTC buses will run solely from eight to eight, Auto Information, Automobilnews
CHENNAI: About 100 Metropolitan Transport Company (MTC) buses will now run solely from 8am to 8pm. These buses will now not be operated within the morning or evening shifts leading to an extended ready time. The change got here into impact from Monday in choose routes.
For example, a complete of 53 buses had been operated alongside route quantity 570, connecting Chennai Moffusil Bus Terminal (CMBT) in Koyambedu with Kelambakkam through Guindy and Previous Mahabalipuram Street (OMR).
Till final week, all these buses had been operated around the clock. To any extent further, 10 buses won’t be operated from 5am. As a substitute, they are going to begin at eight within the morning and finish the journey round 8pm. After this, they won’t be on evening shifts.
“This may assist us in three main methods. Firstly, it is going to enhance our income and scale back extra operational price. Extra passengers would profit as these buses are operated throughout peak hours when the demand is excessive. Secondly it helps us deal with employees scarcity higher,” mentioned a senior MTC official.
In line with official knowledge, greater than 400 MTC staff together with drivers, conductors and technical crew are absent every day forcing MTC to maintain greater than 200 buses idle at their depots.
This transfer is opposed by transport staff’ unions stating that working 12 to 14 hours at a stretch will have an effect on their well being. Apart from this, some went on a flash protest on Monday morning claiming that acceptable wages for working time beyond regulation was additionally not paid correctly.
M Shanmugham of the Labour Progressive Entrance (LPF), a DMK-affiliated union, mentioned that staff are paid solely Rs 500 for time beyond regulation as an alternative of being paid 1.5 instances their common pay.
Faculty and faculty college students, day by day wage labourers, hospital and officegoers from suburbs would be the worst affected, he added.
Already providers throughout Monday mornings at Koyambedu bus stand, Egmore and Central railway station is inadequate to move the group returning to Chennai from their native locations. This may make issues worse, mentioned Kannan from Adambakkam.
In response, MTC mentioned that their schedule is dynamic and extra buses can be diverted to such locations if there’s a sudden spike in demand.