Aarcha bus resumes service as owner and family take up new roles
Kumarakom: Aarcha bus which cancelled service amid the COVID-19 outbreak finally got a double bell to resume service. Interestingly, the bus owner and his family took a bold step to operate the bus by taking up new roles in their life. When bus owner Sunil turned driver, his wife Ramya and daughter Aarcha decided to take up the job of conductor and checker respectively.
Aarcha bus which takes service on Pathinalchira-Medical College route was forced to cancel the service when the conductor and driver quit the job during the first phase of the lockdown.
TS Sunil has been operating the bus for 22 years. When his staff quit the job, he only wanted to continue the bus service without any issues. Hence, he decided to take his wife and daughter as conductor and checker when he opted to be behind the wheels.
Following the first phase of the lockdown, Sunil operated the bus alone without any conductor or checker. He gave ticket to the passengers who boarded from the bus stand. Others who board the bus from other places used to approach the driver’s seat and give money to him.
His wife and daughter joined him to resume the bus service when the statewide lockdown ended.
Though they were a bit hesitant to turn conductor and checker, they agreed to take up the new roles to overcome the financial issues.
Aarcha bus has been taking service on the days permitted for odd number vehicles. Though the service is not profitable, this family continues without any failure.
The bus owner’s wife will work as conductor from 8.45 am to 11.30 am. Their daughter will replace her from 11.30 am to 6 pm.
Sunil revealed that he felt motivated when his wife and daughter joined him to continue the bus service.
“The bus got a daily collection of Rs 7000 before the lockdown. But now, only Rs 2500 is earned per day. After meeting the expenditure for diesel, we get a very small amount from the service,” said Sunil.