School buses back to road after long break
Palode: It has been over a year since the school buses remained in the parking sheds. The schools were closed down in the first wave of the pandemic itself. The schools will reopen in a few weeks, but most of the buses that pick and drop the children from schools are under repair. Most of them have been rusted and covered by creepers. Their engines are damaged, tyres punctured and batteries of some were stolen.
The expenses of the buses were managed by the PTA, school teachers, management and small funds collected from students. But in the Covid times, resuming school bus service is a major task for the school authorities due to the rising fuel price and a huge amount required for renovating the buses before schools reopening.
About Rs 1 lakh is needed for renewal of insurance and tax payment. About Rs 15,000 is required for painting the buses and Rs 30,000 is needed for changing tyres and other maintenance works, said the school bus drivers. Also, the school management will have to find new bus drivers as the old drivers went for other jobs. Even if the schools reopened, students may have to depend on KSRTC, private buses and private vehicles for a while.