Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) staged a mourning procession on Thursday with buses damaged in stone pelting taken on roads. KSRTC employees led by KSRTC MD Tomin J Thachankary participated in the procession from KSRTC headquarters to Palayam.
23 KSRTC buses damaged in stone pelting were driven on the roads during the procession. The employees carried the posters requesting ‘Don’t pelt stones at ‘aanavandi’. KSRTC bus is popular as ‘Aanavandi’ in the state.
It is reported that 100 buses were damaged in the two-day-long protest over entry of two women into Sabarimala temple. On Wednesday, the angry protesters pelted stones at KSRTC buses and 85 buses were destructed in the attack.
The protesters started to block roads and showed their wrath against government by attacking KSRTC buses. KSRTC Managing Director Tomin Thachankary told reporters that more than 100 buses were damaged causing a loss of Rs 3.35 crore to the debt-ridden public sector undertaking. Meanwhile, KSRTC had a loss of Rs 1.5 crore during the last hartal.
“The protesters are destroying their own transport system,” said Tomin Thachankary.
KSRTC need at least two weeks’ time to complete the insurance procedure and repair of the damaged buses.
“Don’t pelt stones against KSRTC bus to protest against government. Government will not have any loss from it. But it will give more burden on KSRTC. The protesters should rethink on attacking the public transport system,” said Thachankary.
KSRTC declared that bus services will be operated on hartal day if police give necessary protection. But later KSRTC made a post on social media requesting protesters not to attack the buses.
‘I am not responsible for all this. Please don’t pelt stones at me. I am the livelihood for many people,” the KSRTC facebook post read.