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The formation of a separate corporation exclusively for operating long distance express services connecting all the district Headquarters in the State (Tamil Nadu) with Chennai as Headquarters was thought by the Government during the year 1975. Hence the long distance express services was operated by erst while Tamilnadu State Transport Department were transferred as the Express wing of Pallavan Transport Corporation with effect from 15th sep'1975.The express wing of Pallavan Transport Corporation was registered on 14th January 1980 and named as Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation.  
Selvi J Jayalalithaa
Honourable Chief Minister
Tamilnadu
Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation Limited, was bifurcated and formed a new corporation with effect from 27th January 1994 P.T. Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Transport Corporation, for the exclusive operation of Inter State Service from Tamilnadu. The P.T. Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Transport Corporation was renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Transport Corporation Limited from 21st May 1996. Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation Limited was renamed as State Express Transport Corporation (Tamil Nadu Division I) Limited from 17th July 1997 and Rajiv Gandhi Transport Corporation Limited was renamed as State Express Transport Corporation (Tamil Nadu Division II) Limited from 30th July 1997. State Express Transport Corporation (Tamil Nadu Division II) was amalgamated with State Express Transport Corporation (Tamil Nadu Division I) Limited with effect from 07th February 2002 and now functioning as "State Express Transport Corporation Tamil Nadu Limited" with fleet strength of 954 at present.

State Express Transport Corporation Ltd. is taking several effective steps to improve its service to cater to the needs of the travelling public and to provide better comfort, safe, quick and reliable service. The services operated by this Corporation are very popular among the public.

State Express Transport Corporation Tamilnadu Limited operates long distance Express Services throughout the State of Tamilnadu linking all important capital cities, historical, religious and commercial places etc. and adjoining states like Andhra Pradesh Karnataka, Kerala and Pudhucherry. This Corporation is operating Semi-deluxe, Super deluxe, Video Coach, and Air condition buses.

In India’s passenger road transport sector, STATE EXPRESS TRANSPORT CORPORATION TAMILNADU LIMITED is setting benchmarks in a large number of operational areas. Its superior services deliverables and all round performance have helped it bag a number of awards at the national level in several categories like vehicle Productivity, Tyre performance and minimum operational cost etc. STATE EXPRESS TRANSPORT CORPORATION TAMILNADU LIMITED has become the most preferred transport service provider by the people of Tamilnadu and its neighbouring state. STATE EXPRESS TRANSPORT CORPORATION TAMILNADU LIMITED’s large objective is to adopt efficient in its day-to-day activities and bring the best to long distance passengers needs.

At present State Express Transport Corporation Tamil Nadu Limited provides one of the most affordable public transport to 1 Lakh passengers per day. For more Comfort and Luxury to the travelling public, SETC introduced Ultra Deluxe Buses with 36 seating capacity with air Suspension and pollution free system to Inter & Intra State routes.

The details of awards received by this Corporation are given below.
Years Name of the Award
Authority which issued the Award
1991-92 Best Performance in Vehicle Productivity ASRTU, New Delhi.
1992-93 Best Performance in Vehicle Productivity ASRTU, New Delhi.
1993-94 Best Performance in Vehicle Productivity
ASRTU, New Delhi.
1994-95 Winner Trophy Minimum Operational Cost
ASRTU, New Delhi.
1996-97 Best Performance in Vehicle Productivity
ASRTU, New Delhi.
1997-98 Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity
ASRTU, New Delhi.
1998-99 Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity
ASRTU, New Delhi.
2001-02 Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity
ASRTU, New Delhi.
2002-03 Improvement in Tyre Performance ASRTU, New Delhi.
2003-04 Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity ASRTU, New Delhi.
2003-04 Improvement in Tyre Performance ASRTU, New Delhi.
2005-06 KMPL - Award ASRTU, New Delhi.
2006-07 Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity ASRTU, New Delhi.
2007-08 Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity ASRTU, New Delhi.
2008-09 Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity ASRTU, New Delhi.
2010-11 KMPL - Award ASRTU, New Delhi.
2010-11 Improvement of Engine Oil ASRTU, New Delhi.
2011-12
Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity
ASRTU, New Delhi.
2011-12 Highest KMPL in Fuel efficiency ASRTU, New Delhi.

 
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