Ferry frustration on New Year's day

The New Year debuted on an exasperating note for people who reached the Vypeen jetty to cross over to Fort Kochi.

Published: 02nd January 2018 01:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd January 2018 09:31 AM   |  A+A-

The boat jetty at Vypeen witnessed long queues that extended up to 2 km

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The New Year debuted on an exasperating note for people who reached the Vypeen jetty to cross over to Fort Kochi. With no additional ferries to deal with the festive crowds, there was a severe rush at the boat jetty and large crowds of people had to wait long hours to take the ferry.  Majnu Komath, chairman of the Fort Vypeen People’s Collective, said there were thousands waiting to get into the boat jetty. The queue was 2 km long, with a large number of vehicles parked too there. 

He said Mayor Soumini Jain had previously stated a junkar and an additional boat service will be organised, but nothing materialised. As one ferry could accommodate only 150 people at a time, people were literally stranded in Vypeen and were feeling irritated, he said. 

In the evening, the same crowd was seen struggling to get back from Fort Kochi with limited services for their return journey. Earlier on the New Year's Eve, people had to wait long to attend the traditional burning of Pappanji at the Parade Ground. Then too, there was a heavy congestion at the Vypeen boat jetty due to inadequate ferry services. The need to increase the service from Vypeen to Fort Kochi has been brought to the attention of District Collector Muhammad K Safirulla.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp