Interstate bus services between Karnataka and Kerala resume

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Though Unlock 4 and 5 had allowed states to resume interstate bus services, the Kerala government did not allow the operation citing the coronavirus pandemic.

After a gap of nine months, passenger bus services between Karnataka and Kerala have resumed from Monday, November 16.

The state road transport corporations in the two states have initially resume the service between Kasargod in Kerala and Mangaluru in Karnataka, according to The Hindu.

Though Unlock 4 and 5 had allowed states to resume interstate bus services, the Kerala government did not allow the operation citing the coronavirus pandemic. This evoked strong protests from people, particularly in border areas who mainly depended upon neighbouring states for their livelihood.

Consequently, buses used to ‘exchange’ passengers at border posts, including Talapady on Dakshina Kannada and Kasargod borders. Passengers bound for either direction had to get down at the border and board the waiting bus of another State to reach their destination. This severely inconvenienced regular travellers as well as children and the aged.

From Monday, both Karnataka SRTC and Kerala SRTC resumed services between Kasargod and Mangaluru by deploying 20 buses each. Both corporations are expected to clock 120 single trips each per day, said KSRTC’s Mangaluru Divisional Controller S.N. Aruna. Before COVID-19 lockdown, both corporations were running 40 buses doing 240 single trips each.

The Corporations would decide about operating normal services depending upon the response from passengers, Aruna was quoted by the Hindu as saying.

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