Gavi tour package: KSRTC continues to wait for forest dept’s approval

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Pathanamthitta: KSRTC has been facing a dilemma in connection with the Gavi- Vandiperiyar- Parunthumpara- Vagamon tour package service here. The forest department has not responded to or approved the application submitted by the KSRTC yet. It is learnt that the KSRTC has forwarded the application to the forest department five months ago for operating the tour services from Pathanamthitta.

Officials informed that the Pathanamthitta KSRTC depot has been receiving several enquiries currently about the tour services to Gavi and Vagamon. KSRTC has decided to launch the service by expecting that the Department of Forest will give a nod for the tourist package.

The Forest department officials informed that a decision over the bus service could be taken by the DFO in Ranni. However, KSRTC had submitted requests to the Chief Forest Conservator along with the Divisional Forest Officer. Hence, KSRTC has to obtain permission from the top authority to launch the service, which causes a delay in gaining approval. The controversies concerning forest land management in Gavi may backlash the demand of KSRTC.

KSRTC's plan to improve revenue

KSRTC had decided to charge Rs 700 per passenger for the trip in the forest region. It includes the entry pass worth Rs 100 collected by the forest department. Three ordinary buses with 36 seats were set aside for this tour package. The service which commences from Pathanamthitta at 6 am will return via Mundakayam by night.
Daily ordinary KSRTC services to Gavi were deployed mainly for the people residing here. However, the arrival of more tourists has increased the rush in the buses considerably. Hence, special tourist services to Gavi have great demand at present.

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