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Chennai to have non-stop Yellow Line buses

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Chennai, Aug 9 (UNI) Chennai city will soon have non-stop 'Yellow Line' and limited stop 'Blue Line' buses as is being operated in neighbouring states, Transport Minister K N Nehru told the Tamil Nadu Assembly today.

Replying to the debate on the demand for grants for his department, he said these special buses would be added to the fleet of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC).

This would help people to commute from one point to another much faster, he added.

As had been done in other States, the Tamil Nadu government would take private Super-deluxe buses on rent for operating them on long distance inter-state routes to provide safe and comfortable journey to passengers. The buses would be taken on rent through open tenders.

Mr Nehru announced that the 17 day strike observed by Transport Corporation employees in 2001 demanding higher bonus would be treated as duty period and they would be paid their salary. All action taken against them would be dropped.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had approved this on the lines of treating the strike period of Government employees as work days and paying their salary.

He said the wage revision demand by transport corporation employees was under the active consideration of the government.

Free bus passes would be extended to students using bicycles.

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