News From Times Of India.
The motor vehicles department (MVD) has issued permits for 12 KSRTC buses to solve the traffic woes in the city. New Vyttila-Vyttila buses are expected to start services from next week.
“The regional transport authority (RTA) had granted the permits in 2010 and 2011. But the KSRTC couldn’t start the services due to shortage of buses then. Now, they are starting the services,” said T J Thomas, RTO, Ernakulam. “We have issued them the time schedule as well,” he said.
The KSRTC authorities said that the new services were expected to be launched next week.
“The buses are ready and of the 12 buses, six will be low-floor non-A/C buses. There isn’t enough space at the bus station but the work of the yard at Karikkamuri is progressing fast.
So, we expect that the services can be started by the end of next week,” said C Venugopalan, area transport officer, KSRTC, Kochi.
In the meeting of RTA held the other day, district collector P I Sheik Pareeth asked KSRTC authorities to ensure that the services are conducted without any disruption.
“As all Thiru-Kochi services began in July 2010, buses have to be taken for renewal of fitness certificate during this month. So, there was a shortage of buses,” Venugopalan said.
“Of the 40 Thiru-Kochi buses operating from Ernakulam KSRTC station, only five more buses are to get fitness certificates. We expect that the process would be over within a week. Then there will not be any break in the services,” he said.
The buses are ready and of the 12 buses, six will be low-floor non-A/C buses