Commuters from farming villages in the interior of Ranipet district can now take 18 new routes as bus services linking Chennai and Bengaluru to Arcot, Walajah and Ranipet were introduced on Tuesday.
Accompanied by Ranipet collector D. Bhaskara Pandian, Minister of Looms and Textiles, Khadi and Village Industries Council R. Gandhi flagged bus services on new routes, bringing relief to commuters from remote villages in the district . Bus services on nine routes will serve the district and neighboring Vellore, covering key towns like Arcot, Walajah, Sholinghur and Arakkonam.
“We have also extended some bus services following requests from students and parents. The new services will also help farmers travel to major cities from their villages to sell their produce,” said S. Nataraj, Managing Director of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Vellore Region).
Among the three taluks, including Sholingur and Walajah, Arcot got five new bus routes, mainly connecting villages to the town of Arcot. Buses here will be operated daily. New routes to nearby cities like Chennai and Bangalore have also been introduced.
Later in the day, the foundation stones were laid for the upcoming government health center at Government Women’s Arts College in Walajah town at a cost of ₹55 lakh and a sub-health center in Valluvar Pakkam village near of Walajah, which will be built at ₹30 lakh. These facilities will be built in four months. Similarly, an overhead tank (OHT) worth ₹17 lakh with a capacity of 60,000 liters in Edapalayam hamlet in Pakkam village and a fair price shop in Ganapathipuram village in Nemili were opened on Tuesday, ending longstanding requests from residents of those neighborhoods, officials said.
Deepa Sathyan, Ranipet Police Commissioner (SP), Arcot MLA JL Eeswarappan, S. Nataraj, Chief Executive, TNSTC (Vellore Region), K. Ponnupandi, Deputy Chief Executive, TNSTC (Vellore Region), elected officials and residents participated.