Wayanad twins turn their house a depot of lookalike miniature KSRTC buses
Wayanad: Ashok Leyland Comet was one of the common KSRTC buses that was plying on the roads in Kerala during the period of 1960-1970. It remains only in the memories of the fans of KSRTC now. However, Vadakkeveedu house at Valliyoorkkavu in Mananthavady here is a 'mini depot' of KSRTC buses including the old Comet and the latest superfast buses. Twin brothers V V Arun and V V Akhil are the creators of these miniature KSRTC buses.
The twins started making the mini buses during the COVID lockdown. The love for KSRTC inspired them to make it a theme for their art. They measure the size of the original buses to make the mini versions. The width of the front portion is fixed as 10 centimetres. Though the size is smaller, it is not an easy task to make the miniature items.
Arun and Akhil takes about 12 days to complete a miniature bus. Arun works as a librarian at Nalloornad AMMR GHS School and Akhil is an employee at a private company in Mananthavady. They first experimented with the mini version of Mananthavady-Thiruvananthapuram KSRTC bus. Then they made Mavelikkara-Seethamount bus and its pictures went viral on the social media.
Many people came forward to buy the mini buses. The red and yellow combination is the favourite bus of most of the fans. Some also request for old models. The twin brothers request their friends for the photos of the buses and also contact KSRTC staff for noting down the characteristics of each bus before making them. They can make buses plying on any route as per order. On knowing the same, KSRTC staff also have started giving order for miniature buses.