Dismissal of empanelled drivers: 346 KSRTC services cancelled in 2 days
Kozhikode: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) failed to operate 346 services on Sunday and Monday following the dismissal of empanelled drivers as per a High Court order.
Most number of services were cancelled in southern region with 293. Attingal topped the list with 37 services being cancelled. Less number of services were cancelled in central and northern regions. In the central region which has 257 temporary drivers, the KSRTC brought back staff on leave to operate the buses. As many as 1738 services were operated on Monday.
In northern Kerala, 53 services were cancelled but it did not affect passengers as much. The impact was lessened as the region has more permanent drivers. Services to hilly areas were operated normally.
Only 4 temporary drivers were dismissed in Kozhikode depot. The shortage was plugged on Sunday itself and all service were operated. In Wayanad, 16 services including those starting from Kalpetta and Sultan Bathery were cancelled.
In Kannur, three ordinary service and two JNNURM services were cancelled. Only five services were cancelled in Malappuram district. In Kasaragod, 13 services were cancelled but only 7 were cancelled due to lack of drivers.
Long distance services were not affected by the dismissal of drivers. Meanwhile, the KSRTC has asked all of its drivers on leave to report for duty immediately. The HC had on Sunday ordered to dismiss 2107 empanelled drivers.