'Rajadhani' Services Flagged Off By CM
Fleet of 10 orange coloured buses, intended to bring rural areas in direct contact with the city starts rolling | By Yentha
On Apr 12, 2012


Trivandrum: Amidst the fear created by a tsunami warning, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy flagged off the 'Rajadhani' Ring Road Services at the KSRTC bus depot in East Fort on Wednesday evening. This latest addition to the KSRTC bus services will commence its operation with a total of ten buses, and is expected to rise the count to thirty in the near future.



The Rajadhani buses have been introduced to bring smooth connectivity between the rural areas of the city. The buses will have a circular route, which would be followed in an alternative clockwise/anti-clockwise pattern. The buses would be operated from Venjaramoodu, Pappanamcode and East Fort depots. The four services from Venjaramoodu will cover Enchakkal, Kazhakoottam, Vettu Road, Pothancod, Vembayam and Kesavadasapuram. Four from Pappanamcode will cover East Fort, Kannammoola, Medical College, Kesavadasapuram, Mannanthala, Peroorkada, Vattiyoorkavu, Valiyavila and Karamana. The final pair from East Fort will cover Poonthura, Valiyathura, Veli, All Saint's College, Pallimukku, Kannammoola, Medical College, Kesavadasapuram and Palayam.


The timing of the buses would be arranged so that each bus running in one particular direction will have a pair going against it in the opposite direction in the same route. The Trivandrum - Rajadhani service is a pilot project. In due course, the services would be started in Kottayam, Thrissur and Malappuram.


The new buses for the service were constructed in the workshops of Pappanamcode and Edappal. The cost for starting the Rajadhani services were met from the KSRTC's share of Rs.56 crores allocated in the State Annual Budget. With the Corporation already reeling under debts, many have questioned the introduction of a new service as its failure could send the Corporation spiraling down to acute financial crisis.

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