Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation
|Type||State Government enterprise|
|Area served||South India (majorly Tamil Nadu)|
|Products||Bus transport & Cargo transport services|
|Owner(s)||Government of Tamil Nadu|
|Parent||Department of Transport (Tamil Nadu)|
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited (TNSTC) is the public transport bus operator of Tamil Nadu, India. It operates buses along intra and inter state bus routes, as well as city routes.
TNSTC is the second largest government bus transport corporation in India, after APSRTC. It is fully owned and operated by Government of Tamil Nadu. It caters to all the districts within Tamil Nadu and also operates services to neighboring states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and union territory of Puduchery. Until 1996, transport corporation was bifurcated into 21 divisions which was later merged into 8 divisions. School and college students get a free bus pass to travel in TNSTC buses. TNSTC also offers contract and tourist services. Every bus owned by the corporation displays a portrait of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar along with a two line verse from Thirukkural inside the bus.
The various divisions are listed below:
|Old Name (Prior to 1996)||Current Name||Regions Covered||Headquarters||Registration|
|Thiruvalluvar||SETC||Intra and Inter state||Chennai||TN-01-N-****|
|JJTC (renamed as RGTC)||SETC||Intra and Inter state||Chennai||TN-01-N-****,TN-07-N-****|
|Pallavan (PTC)||MTC, Chennai||South Chennai||Chennai||TN-01-N-****|
|Dr. Ambedkar (DATC)||MTC, Chennai||North Chennai||Chennai||TN-01-N-****,TN-02-N-****|
|Thanthai Periyar||TNSTC, Villupuram||Villupuram, Cuddalore, Pondicherry||Villupuram||TN-32-N-****,TN-31-N-****|
|Pattukottai Azhagiri||TNSTC, Villupuram||Vellore, Tiruvannamalai||Vellore||TN-23-N-****|
|MGR||TNSTC, Villupuram||Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur||Kanchipuram||TN-21-N-****|
|Cholan||TNSTC, Kumbakonam||Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Karaikkal||Kumbakonam||TN-68-N-****, TN-49-N-****|
|Dheeran Chinnamalai||TNSTC, Kumbakonam||Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur||Tiruchirapalli||TN-45-N-****|
|Marudhu Pandiar||TNSTC, Kumbakonam||Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram||Karaikudi||TN-63-N-****|
|Veeran Azhagu Muthukone||TNSTC, Kumbakonam||Pudhukottai||Pudhukottai||TN-55-N-****|
|Cheran||TNSTC, Coimbatore||Coimbatore city, Tirupur||Coimbatore||TN-38N-****,TN-39-N-****,TN-37-N-****|
|Anna||TNSTC, Salem||Salem, Namakkal||Salem||TN-30-N-****,TN-27-N-****|
|Annai Sathya||TNSTC, Salem||Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri||Dharmapuri||TN-29-N-****|
|Pandiyan||TNSTC, Madurai||Madurai||Madurai||TN-58-N-****, TN-59-N-****|
|Rani Mangammal||TNSTC, Madurai||Dindigul, Theni||Dindigul||TN-57-N-****|
|Veeran Sundaralingam||TNSTC, Madurai||Virudhunagar||Virudhunagar||TN-67-N-****|
Types of buses
TNSTC operates buses of various classes to cater to different sections of public.
- Town buses and low floor buses, operated on intra city routes
- Moffusil buses, largest in its stable, ply on inter town routes and cater to a majority of the traffic
- Video coaches and deluxe buses, operated between major towns
- Ultra deluxe non AC coaches with recliner seats, operated between important commercial centers to major cities
- Air conditioned semi sleeper coaches, operated between major cities
- Air conditioned Volvo buses, operated by MTC
TNSTC and SETC uses custom made buses built on Ashok Leyland and TATA supplied chassis. Air conditioned buses for MTC are supplied by Volvo and TATA Marcopolo. All divisions have individual own coach building units.
Tamil Nadu Transport Development Finance Corporation Ltd., (TDFC) is a joint venture of TNSTC which collects deposits from public in order to fund TNSTC.
Depots and workshops
TNSTC has 241 depots,and five workshops . In 1984, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited established Institute of Road and Transport Technology at Chithode, Erode and IRT Perundurai Medical College at Perundurai near Erode.
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