Traffic from Kerala to Tamil Nadu is likely to be resumed from Monday in the main border routes through Kumily, Cumbom Mettu and Bodimettu.
District Collector E. Devadasan told The Hindu on Sunday that efforts were taken to conduct bus services from the district to Tamil Nadu on a trial basis and the help of the Theni district administration has been sought in this regard. He said that the tension across the border has been relieved considerably and there is complete peace prevailing in the Kerala side. He said that there is untoward incident reported in Idukki and efforts were on to ply buses to Tamil Nadu from Monday. He said minor incidents were reported from Tamil Nadu a reason for abstaining the Kerala vehicles from conducting services to Tamil Nadu.
Mr E. Devadasan said that the help of the police in Theni district has been sought for conducting the services as people have been severely affected by the traffic disruption. The district collector of Theni has been contacted for providing protection to the vehicles from Kerala reaching there and some organisations had called for blocking the vehicles especially the trucks carrying vegetables and essential items bound for Kerala. The boycott call was made when normalcy was almost restored across the border and traffic partially resumed last week.
Finny Verghese, sub-inspector in Kumily, which is the main route through which a large number of vehicles move, said that the buses from Tamil Nadu abstained from conducting services and Kerala vehicles also kept off the border road.
However, he said that a large number of vehicles carrying Sabarimala pilgrims have been crossing the check post. Vehicles carrying Sabarimala pilgrims from other States also pass through the check posts. He said that efforts were on to restore bus services from Kerala to Tamil Nadu from Monday. Mr Varghese said that on Saturday and Sunday there was heavy rush of pilgrims in the border route.
Reports reaching here said that in Bodimettu and Cumbom Mettu, vehicles carrying Sabarimala pilgrims moved without hindrance though bus services remained cancelled on Sunday also.