Kozhikode, July 31 (PTI) Long-distance inter-district bus
services of the state-owned KSRTC will resume in Kerala from
Saturday in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, over four
months after being suspended due to the national lockdown.
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)will
start operating at least 206 buses on various routes but there
would be no inter-state services for the time being, Transport
Minister A K Saseendran told reporters here.
Buses would also be not operated from or to places coming
under COVID-19 containment zones, he added.
KSRTC''s long route buses remained off the roads since the
pandemic-induced lockdown began on March 25.
Incidentally, the private bus operators in the state have
decided to withdraw services from Saturday citing among other
things non-feasibility due to poor patronage in the crisis-
Saseendran said lack of proper facilities and lesser
number of bus services has made people depend on two-wheelers
or other modes of transport and this will invariably lead to a
natural shrinkage in city services in future.
The change in the attitude of people to live without
depending on public transport would hit both private operators
as well as the KSRTC, he said.
Several people were reluctant to board a public transport
bus and the operations had been severely hit, resulting in
huge financial losses, he said.
Taking into consideration these issues, the government has
relaxed many norms, including extension of tax payment to two
months, for private buses, the Minister said.
However, KSRTC would operate services despite suffering
loss as to serve the people who wanted to travel between
districts for various reasons.
The Minister said the ticket fare would be the same as it
existed before the lockdown. PTI Corr UD
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