Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation

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Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited
தமிழ்நாடு அரசு போக்குவரத்து கழகம்
Tamilnadu Arasu Pōkuvaratthu Kazhagam
State Government enterprise
Industry Public Transport
Founded 1972
Headquarters Chennai, India
Area served
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry
Products Bus transport and cargo transport services
Owner Government of Tamil Nadu
Number of employees
1,48,411 (31-Mar-2016)[1]
Parent Department of Transport (Tamil Nadu)
Website TNSTC

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited (TNSTC) (Tamil:தமிழ்நாடு அரசு போக்குவரத்து கழகம்) is a public transport bus operator in Tamil Nadu, India.[3] It operates Intercity bus services to cities within Tamil Nadu, and from Tamil Nadu to its neighbouring states with a combined fleet strength of 23,078[4] buses as of 2016-17.[5] It also operates Public transport bus service in many cities of Tamil Nadu, with the exception of Chennai, where the public bus service is operated by MTC, a subsidiary of TNSTC.


TNSTC is fully owned and operated by the Government of Tamil Nadu. TNSTC has started online booking facilities TNSTC Online Booking to book bus tickets between major cities served by TNSTC. It caters to all the districts within Tamil Nadu and also operates services to neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and union territory of Puduchery. Until 1997, transport corporation was bifurcated into 21 divisions which was later merged to form 8 divisions. School and college students get a free bus pass to travel on TNSTC buses.[6] TNSTC owns 321 depots and five workshops. 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. TNSTC is the largest government bus transport corporation in India also biggest corporation in the world after bifurcation of APSRTC.


The various divisions are listed below:

Name Old name(s) (before 1996) Headquarters Zonal Divisions Area Covered Registration Code
MTC, Chennai Ambedkar (DATC), Pallavan (PTC) Chennai North Chennai, South Chennai Chennai Metropolitan Area and its suburban areas TN-01, TN-02 77/MDS (Chennai)
SETC Thiruvalluvar (TTC), Rajiv Gandhi (RGTC) Chennai N/A Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry TN-01, TN-07 77/MDS (Chennai)
Name Old name(s) (before 1996) Headquarters Districts Covered Registration HQ Code
TNSTC, Coimbatore Bharathiar, Cheran, Jeeva Coimbatore Coimbatore, Erode, Nilgiris, Tirupur, Karur. TN-33, TN-38, TN-39, TN-43 191/CBE (Coimbatore)
TNSTC, Kumbakonam (Thanjavur District) Chozhan, Dheeran Chinnamalai, Marudhu Pandiar, Veeran Azhagu Muthukone Kumbakonam (Thanjavur District) Ariyalur, Karur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivagangai, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli TN-45, TN-47, TN-49, TN-51, TN-55, TN-63, TN-68 454/TAJ (Thanjavur)
TNSTC, Madurai Pandiyan, Rani Mangammal, Veeran Sundaralingam Madurai Dindigul, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar TN-57, TN-58, TN-59, TN-67 459/MDU (Madurai)
TNSTC, Salem Anna, Annai Sathya Salem Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Salem, Karur. TN-27, TN-29, TN-30 SLM/394 (Salem)
TNSTC, Tirunelveli (Going to merge with TNSTC MADURAI) Kattabomman, Nesamony Tirunelveli Kanniyakumari, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli TN-72, TN-74 464/TIN (Tirunelveli)
TNSTC, Viluppuram MGR, Pattukottai Azhagiri, Thanthai Periyar Viluppuram Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Viluppuram TN-21, TN-23, TN-25, TN-31, TN-32 19/VPM (Villupuram)

Types of buses[edit]

TNSTC operates buses of various classes to cater to different sections of public:

  • Town buses and low floor buses, operated on inter city routes.
  • Moffussil 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 buses operated in intra city routes operated by MTC.
  • SETC operates Air conditioned buses from all district headquarters to Chennai.

TNSTC and SETC use custom made buses built on Ashok Leyland and TATA supplied chassis. Air conditioned buses for intra city routes in Chennai are supplied by Volvo. All divisions have individual own coach building units.

Other ventures[edit]

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. In 2013, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited established Amma Kudineer (Amma Packaged drinking water) which involves in production and packaging of mineral water in one litre plastic bottles, and selling them in long-distance running state-owned buses and in bus stations. The price has been fixed at ₹10 per bottle, and the production plant is set up in Gummidipoondi in Thiruvallur district.

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