Private buses kept off the road in Tripunithura on Monday to protest against the official apathy in repairing the roads in the temple town.
The stretch from S.N. Junction to Puthiyakavu is the worst maintained because of lack of coordination between the Kerala Water Authority and the PWD. Replacement of old water pipes by digging up the road in the middle had posed problems to road users, merchants, and householders and the authorities indulge in blame game.
Another permanent bottleneck is the ‘Kinar junction’ where the construction of a culvert which had been inordinately delayed causing much hassle to the public and the motorists. The road is used for bulk transporting of LPG cylinders and other heavy loads. Nearly 40 private buses are operating services in Tripunithura town.
However, the residents resorted to alternative modes of transport and the impact of the strike was not much.
This is the second time in the past one month that the private buses are resorting to direct action, but they have the support of the locals.