Diverting KSRTC Services Leaves Public in the Lurch
By Express News Service | Published: 07th January 2014 09:43 AM |
With several KSRTC buses in Ernakulam having been diverted to operate on Pampa-Nilackal and Pampa-Erumely routes, public transport has been hit in various parts of the city during the Sabarimala season.
More than 10 Thiru Kochi buses have been rerouted to Pampa. Also, quite a number of Fast and superfast buses, mostly destined for the northern parts of the state which used to ply during the night, have disappeared. Commuters who opt for transport buses late in the night owing to paucity of train services to Thrissur and Malabar are having a tough time. “Prior to the Sabarimala season, it was easy to catch KSRTC buses since they were available every 15 to 20 minutes. However, we can hardly see any such buses even after waiting for half an hour,” said Murali, a commuter. Union members with the KSRTC said that the situation was the same in many depots across the state. “The KSRTC management introduced only a small number of new KSRTC buses this season, as opposed to the KSRTC’s usual mandate of introducing 100 new buses to serve the devotees. The rest of the buses that are operating on the Pampa-Nilackal route have been taken from the existing fleet of buses plying elsewhere. The management had no other go but to make use of buses operating in all depots,” said sources.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced that 1,000 extra services will be operated from various depots to Sabarimala for the ‘Makaravilakku’. This may further add to the woes of the passengers.
Speaking on the shortage of services in the city owing to the strike and the re-routing of city buses to Pampa, Ernakulam ATO C K Radhakrishnan admitted that the KSRTC Ernakulam depot was left in dire straits. He said that new services to Pampa as part of the ‘Makaravilakku’ will be charted soon.