With no ro-ro services, people left to fend for themselves
Fort Kochi: The residents of Fort Kochi and Vypin are facing the threat of isolation as the ferry services connecting both the shores has not resumed service. The roll-on roll-off ferry service was stopped when lockdown was imposed in the state. But now when the restrictions are eased and offices have reopened, the non-operational services are adding to the burden of people.
The services had restarted earlier. But the employees of the boat went in quarantine after a Covid patient boarded it. With no replacement for the employees, the services again came to a halt.
The ferry service connects Alappuzha to Thrissur via Ernakulam. Hundreds of people had depended on it on daily basis.
Also this was the main route for transporting sea products.
Now people have to travel around 45 minutes by road that was generally covered in 3 minutes by ferry service.
Two jangars were constructed by the Kochi Corporation and the ferry service is operated by Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC). However, for the past few days, one jangar was operational and that too with no adequate staff.
With the available staff testing Covid positive, the service has come to a halt.