Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) on Wednesday resumed services to Tamil Nadu, ahead of Deepavali festival.

The state transport corporation had earlier stopped inter-state services due to the lockdown necessitated by COVID-19.

The services started after the Tamil Nadu government issued an order permitting inter-State services from Karnataka for six days from November 11 to 16 without e-registration.

The bus services were operated on Wednesday evening with 25 buses to Hosur, Kanchipuram, Vellore, and other destinations.

Meanwhile, the KSRTC on Tuesday had said it has made elaborate arrangements to run 1,000 extra buses during the Deepavali festival season.

The special buses will be exclusively operated from Bengaluru Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic) to various destinations including Dharmasthala, Kukke Subrahmanya, Shivamogga, Hassan, Mangaluru, Kundapura, Sringeri and Tirupati.

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All premier special buses will be operated from Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) Bus Station at Shantinagar to Tirupati, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and other places in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala.

Tickets can be booked online and advance reservation of tickets for the special and scheduled buses of KSRTC can be booked through 706 counters within Karnataka and in other states.