Malayalis stranded in Bengaluru as Cauvery stir affects bus service to Kerala

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016,11:09 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Amidst the raging row over Cauvery water sharing between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and subsequent sporadic violence in Karnataka, the Kerala Government has decided to cancel temporarily the bus services from and to Bengaluru, causing concern to Malayalees who want to reach home to celebrate Onam on Wednesday.

KSRTC authorities had made it clear that they will not operate bus services to Kerala during day time in the wake of attack on KSRTC buses.

Taking a serious note of the situation, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan spoke to his counterpart in Karnataka over phone and took stock of the developments, official sources said.

Kerala Transport Minister A K Saseendran said in view of the serious situation prevailing in Karnataka, Kerala government has decided to temporarily cancel the services of state-run Kerala Road Transport Corporation buses.

“The primary concern of the government is the safety of our passengers. We are aware that many Keralites in the neighbouring states want to reach their home state to celebrate Onam,” he told PTI.

“We are keenly monitoring the developments in both the states and the moment there is any relaxation in the present tension, we will take steps to resume the service,” he said.

He said “there is risk to continue service when the tension prevails.”

“DGP Loknath Behera also spoke to his counterpart in Karnataka. They have assured necessary protection to our vehicles if there is any relaxation to the situation. But, the report which we are getting from Bengaluru is that agitators are asking to close down our bus counters there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vijayan requested Railways to run two special trains from Bengaluru to Kerala to enable stranded Keralities to reach home as they were preparing to celebrate Onam festival.

In a letter to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Vijayan said the special trains- Bengaluru-Kannur and Bengaluru-Thiruvananthapuram– should be sanctioned to clear the rush of people.

The Union Minister has assured the Chief Minister that necessary steps in this regard would be taken, a press release issued from the the CM’s office said Monday night.