KSRTC suspends bus operations to Tamil Nadu today

Apr 6, 2018

MYSURU: Fearing violence and attacks on buses, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), which is operating close to 100 schedules from Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts towards various parts of neighbouring Tamil Nadu, will not operate them on Thursday owing to the Tamil Nadubandh call.
All parties of Tamil Nadu have given a bandh call to put pressure on the central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The bandh will start at 6am and continue till 6pm. With the ruling party and various organizations extending their support to the bandh, it is expected to disrupt normal life on Thursday.

Chamarajanagar KSRTC divisional controller Ashok Kumar told TOI that his division operates 15 schedules towards various parts of Tamil Nadu every day. “Besides these, 36 KSRTC schedules are operated via Chamarajanagar. Among these 36 schedules, 4 are Volvo bus schedules. On Thursday, due to bandh we will operate our schedules only till the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border,” he said.

“A final decision will be taken based on the situation in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Meanwhile, bus services between Mysuru and Tamil Nadu are also expected to be disrupted on Thursday due to the bandh. From Mysuru, the KSRTC operates around 60 schedules towards Tamil Nadu every day.

An officer told TOI that with the reports of possible violence in the Cauvery belt area at the time of bandh, there may not be any bus service on Thursday. “Buses are always targetted at the time of bandhs,” he said.

M Vasu, divisional controller, KSRTC (rural division), said that a final decision on operating the buses will be taken after analyzing the situation. “We have our officers in Chennai and Coimbatore. Based on the report we receive, I will take a final decision,” he said.

“All night services will operate as usual. They will return only on Thursday night,” he added.

Meanwhile, private bus operators will also stop their services between 6am and 6pm due to the bandh. “We will operate only local services between the border areas to ensure that we don’t sustain any loss due to the bandh,” said Kumaraswamy, a bus operator from Kollegal.