With just two days to go for Deepavali, commuters thronged railway stations and bus termini to get to their native places.
The two key railway stations, Central and Egmore, witnessed heavy rush, even as the five bus termini — Koyambedu, Madhavaram, Tambaram Sanatorium, K.K. Nagar and Poonamallee — saw a surge in passengers.
Though the Southern Railway announced three special trains from the city on October 25 and 26, including an unreserved train from Tambaram to Kochuveli to be operated on Saturday at 8 a.m., both railway terminals were packed.
T. Arun Pandian, from Kodambakkam, who was bound for Madurai, had a tough time boarding a train from Egmore. He rued the lack of support from security personnel in facilitating entry in an orderly way.
A senior GRP official said over 2,000 police personnel, along with RPF personnel, were deputed at Central, Egmore, Mambalam and Tambaram stations.
“We have made arrangements for adequate emergency medical facilities, drinking water and other basic amenities,” P. Mahesh, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, said.