Chennai bus operators, theatres cancel services on Wednesday, petrol bunks to remain closed

Chennai: Private bus operators have decided to stop their services to and from Chennai till Wednesday evening as large number of passengers have cancelled their tickets and also as a precautionary measure, said an office-bearer of All Omni Bus Operators Association.

About 1,000 private buses are operated out of Chennai to other parts of Tamil Nadu. Around 10,000 passengers use the private buses to and from Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore, said A. Anbalagan, general secretary, All Omni Bus Operators Association.

Petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will also remain closed dawn to dusk on Wednesday as a mark of respect to DMK President M. Karunanidhi. The statement was issued by the Tamil Nadu Petrol Dealers Association.

Theatre owners have cancelled shows starting tonight and said ticket rates would be refunded.

Following Karunanidhi's death, several shops in different parts of the state downed their shutters.

Former Chief Minister and DMK President M.Karunanidhi breathed his last here at Kauvery Hospital where he was admitted on July 28.