The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) did not operate 47 of its local services on Saturday. They comprised 12 services from Guruvayur, 11 from Thrissur city, seven each from Kodungallur and Mala, and five each from Chalakudy and Irinjalakuda.
KSRTC sources attributed the cancellation of services to paucity of employees.
The cancellation, however, created anxiety in passengers in the context of alleged moves to cancel over 2,000 unprofitable and non-viable services.
Moves are also allegedly afoot to cancel long-distance buses such as Thiruvananthapuram-Bangalore Volvo service. Seven inter-State daily bus services operate from Thrissur. They comprise three Thrissur-Bangalore, two Thrissur-Mysore and two Thrissur-Coimbatore services.
“These services cannot be cancelled. I do not think authorities will ever think of doing it. There will be protests from the public. A large number of youth from Thrissur study in institutions in Bangalore, Mysore and Coimbatore. Many people from Thrissur also work there. They rely on the KSRTC inter-State services,” said K. A. Narayanan, district president of the INTUC-affiliated Kerala State Transport Workers’ Union.