THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Termination of the in-house bus service, Technopark Express, has put the techies in the IT-corridor at Kazhakkoottam in trouble and with the alternative circular service launched by KSRTC too now having failed to serve the purpose, their woes have doubled.
Technopark Express, which was hugely depended on by the employees during the last two years, was stopped abruptly in September 2014. It was following an RTO inspection at that time that the facility was stopped and as an alternative, a circular service was pressed into service from Technopark to Kazhakkoottam. The woes of the techies worsened when the circular service too met with an unexpected halt, the reason given being absence of good buses.
The Technopark-based socio-cultural organisation Prathidhwani has now requested the authorities concerned to resume the service, which would be a big relief to hundreds of employees working in the park. “To fulfill the requirement and timing of employees, it will help to have our own bus service. It will be good to start services by issuing weekly or monthly passes. We also request the authorities to use our eco-friendly electric vehicles more effectively during peak times in the morning and evening so that employees can commute to the front gate and other buildings easily. An exclusive driver for these vehicles would serve the purpose,” said a statement issued by Prathidhwani.
Technopark Express service had two buses plying during the peak and odd hours in the morning and evening on all working days. It connected the IT park with nearby places, including Trippadapuram and Kariavattom Junction and also ensured an easy commute between the main buildings here. Women staff depended much on this trip for hostel drops, particularly during night. From security point of view also this was a safe option, with the presence of security staff ensuring a safe journey to and fro.