The Tuesday’s strike by a section of employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation against the proposed contributory pension scheme not only affected the passengers in the district but also cost the corporation Rs 1.5 crore across the state.
“With the available bus crew, we could manage to operate only 50% of the schedules. On Tuesday, we could run only 730 buses in the district against the usual 1,300. In the city, 260 buses were run against the regular 710,” a senior Thiruvananthapuram zone KSRTC official said.
The passengers in the rural areas had to wait for hours to travel from one place to other. “We understand the situation faced by the KSRTC. But since the date of the strike was announced several days back, the authorities should have planned accordingly. I faced no issues while in city, as enough services were available. But to reach Thiruvananthapuram in the morning, I had to wait for about one hour at Kilimanoor. The buses were also crowded,” said G Rajagopal, a state government employee.
According to official sources, only 48% of the KSRTC employees turned up for work on Tuesday.
Source: Times Of India