The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has taken a step towards providing last mile connectivity by launching its city shuttle services in the state capital on Thursday.
The public transport service has launched six return services to Pallichal, Nemom and Pravachambalam, which will shuttle along the route from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Buses will pass each stop in the direction at intervals ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.
More commuter services
Transport Minister Antony Raju who presided over the inaugural ceremony said more suburban services would be launched on routes linking Mudavanmugal, Malayinkeezhu, Karakulam, Vattappara, Kazhakuttam, Sreekaryam, Kaniyapuram, Pothencode, Akkulam, Anayara, Veli, Kulathoor, Kovalam and Poovar.
The majority of municipal services would switch to green fuels within six months. Fifty electric buses will soon be deployed in Thiruvananthapuram. In addition, half of the 300 CNG buses purchased by KSRTC would be allocated to the city, Raju said.
The city’s circular services that serve seven clockwise and counterclockwise routes have witnessed growing patronage, he said. Nearly 17,000 passengers currently relied on the services. The success had prompted KSRTC to extend the introductory offer of Good Day tickets to ₹10 which allowed travel throughout the day until March 31.
With the Today ticket, launched on Thursday, passengers could travel unlimited on shuttles and circular services for 12 hours. Monthly passes that would offer huge discounts to frequent travelers would be launched, the transport minister said.
Pointing to the shuttle service, General Education Minister V. Sivankutty said there are plans to launch shuttle services linking schools. The proposal would be reviewed after Omicron-induced restrictions are lifted.
KSRTC Chairman and Managing Director, Biju Prabhakar, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Advisor, Soumya, and KSRTC Area Traffic Officer, Jacob Sam Lopez were present.