KSRTC operates special bus service for fisherwomen
Thiruvananthapuram: No more the fisherwomen in Thiruvanathapuram have to wait for buses holding their fish baskets or call for an auto rickshaw by spending a lot of money. The KSRTC has begun the service of three low floor buses for them. The free bus services titled ‘Samudra’ came into being under the Department of Fisheries.
Chief Minister Pinarati Vijayan inaugurated the service and minister Antony Raju presided over the ceremony held at Palayam Market junction. Ministers including V Sivankutty and G R Anil, K Ansalan MLA, V K Prasanth MLA, Transport Secretary Biju Prabhakar and Fisheries Director R Girija participated in the function.
20,000 more houses will be built along the Life Mission within three years, said Minister Saji Cheriyan. The Chief Minister will give away the keys of 700 houses that were built through the Punargeham project on September 16. Saji Cheriyan also added that seafood restaurants will be opened soon in all districts of Kerala.
The bus services for fisherwomen are scheduled between 6 am to 10 am from fishing harbour ro different trading centres in Thiruvananthapuram. 24 people can travel at a time in the bus. The facilities include roll platforms to pick up and drop the fish baskets, automatic door, music system and rear camera.
The fisheries department has allocated Rs 72 lakhs yearly for this bus service. Soon the bus service will be deployed in more places. The first journey of Samudra bus service started when Minister V Sivankutty rang the bell and the Chief Minister flagged off in front of Palayam market.