The DMK Government recently pumped in heavy funds to “beautify” the marina (conservatively, Rs. 25 crores or Rs. 250 million). However, it has not done the same for the MTC fleet. Why are not the ageing buses, rickety, banged-up and rusty, being replaced with a similar infusion of funds?
By informed accounts, MTC is making Rs. 1.8 to Rs. 2 crores (or about Rs. 20 million) a day in earnings. Most of its new buses introduced using JNNURM funds are of the high-fare “deluxe” type.
Despite such earnings, the Corporation managed directly by the DMK Government is not investing massively in fleet expansion, integration with rail and modernised ticketing. It is not even serving the MRTS and suburban railway lines with linking services, although the State is a partner now with the Railways.
Why is the UPA Government giving funds to MTC, when the Tamil Nadu Government is flouting the National Urban Transport Policy and the JNNURM norms?