KSRTC suspends all bus services in state
Thiruvanthapuram: Following the government's decision to ban public transport to control COVID-19 outbreak, KSRTC has cancelled all bus services in the state. As the statewide lockdown came into effect from Monday midnight, all KSRTC buses have ended services on Monday itself at the respective depots.
Each bus was cleaned with disinfectants and all bus depots were closed. Operation of commercial outlets inside the bus stations was also stopped.
At the same time, KSRTC should provide buses to meet any kind of emergency as per the demand of health department, police and district authority. It is reported that the government ordered the central depot authority to keep 20 buses ready always for exigency service. Necessary staff like drivers will operate this service and they must be available for duty.
Meanwhile, KSRTC directed staff including conductors to stay at home.
Amid the outbreak of the pandemic, KSRTC welcomed the government's decision to ban public transport in the state.
It was observed that following the Janata curfew on Sunday, the number of passengers increased in buses. As the trains services were cancelled, buses were the only option for commutation.
On Monday, 2500 buses operated service in the state. But, it was not practical to maintain the safe distance prescribed by the health experts to counter the spread of COVID-19. KSRTC staff were also anxious as most of the passengers boarded the bus without wearing a mask.
In some places, drivers stopped the bus as the number of passengers exceeded the prescribed number. In order to avoid the rush and maintain a safe distance between passengers, the health department and police made some passengers alight from the bus.
The passengers also complained that allowing a large number of passengers on the bus will increase the chances of spreading the disease.
However, the water transport department also suspended its operations. At the same time, staff will be deployed to operate the water ambulance at Thavanakadavu during an emergency. Boats will be used to transport essential materials for the public.