Erode is one of the most important business centers of South India and that is why, the transportation and communication system is well developed. Erode is well connected with all the important points of the state with all modern means of transport and communication. The nearest airport is in Coimbatore city, which is around 90 km away from Erode city. The city is conveniently connected to Chennai by road and rail.
Road Transport in Erode
In the last few years, the road services of Erode have developed. A number of inter-district bus routes which are operated by the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation links Erode with other important towns in the Erode district. The bus services in these areas are really commendable. Erode city is also the head-quarters of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation. This was originally named as ‘Jeeva Transport Corporation’ or JTC and it began its functions from 1st April, 1983. It later changed its name to Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation of TNSTC. This transport department operates in some parts of the districts like Tirupurm, Salem, Namakkal and Karur along with Erode. TNSTC is one of the most important government bus services in India and as per the statistics of 31st March, 2005, TNSTC has a total fleet of 1218 buses. The Erode city bus terminal is the main bus station complex in Erode city as well as the Erode district. This bus station is located near the Swastik Circle, which is situated at the junction of the State Highway 15 and Mettur Road. Even TNSTC operates long distance buses that haul to cities like Chennai, Bangalore and sometimes to even Pune.
Important Roads in ErodeErode municipality directly maintains around 102 km of roads. Though, in the city of Erode, only 5.34 km of roads in made of concrete and rest of the roads are bituminous. The Tamil Nadu State Highways Department is in charge of the state highways passing through Erode city. The total length of highways in Erode city is 16.597 km. The Main arterial roads of Erode are as follows:
SH-15: It connects Erode – Gobi – Sathy – Mettupalayam(Coimbatore) – Kotagiri – Ooty.
SH-96: It connects Erode – Perundurai – Chennimalai.
SH-37: It connects Erode – Arachalur–Kangeyam - Dharapuram – Palani
SH-79: It connects Erode – Tiruchengode – Rasipuram – Attur
SH-79A: It connects Erode – Pallipalayam – Sankagiri.
SH-84: It connects Erode – Kodumudi – Karur
SH-84A: It connects Erode – Modakurichi – Vellakoil – Mulanur
The NH-47 connecting the districts Salem, Coimbatore and Kanyakumari, passes through three important points of Erode district, Perundurai, Bhavani and Chithode.
Railways in Erode
Erode Junction Railway station is situated near the Bull-Fight Circle of the city. In the Erode junction there is a diesel locomotive shed as well as the electric locomotive shed. Erode junction is one of the most important railway junctions operating under the Southern Railways and it has connections all over India. Apart from that, Erode junction functions as a water filling station and toilet cleaning and food provisions are looked after for all the long distance trains passing the junction. There is a broad, single track line in Erode Junction which passes through Karur towards the Trichy Junction and two broad, electrified double track lines passing through Sankari Durg and Tiruppur towards Salem Junction and Coimbatore Junction respectively.