KSRTC: Yet again...

Regular readers would remember reading an article about Kerala SRTC buses a few months back. (For others: Click here). The buses always have a charm, and traveling on them is an experience. Only a Keralite who stays outside Kerala knows the charm of these buses!

This journey to Kerala was no different, and surely had its own dose of KSRTC journeys! A couple of journeys were on July 01, and then another coupled of them on July 04.

My journey on July 4 is a personal favorite for different reasons. The main among them was that I could travel on a bus that I wanted to, and that too on my birthday! Myself and my dad had gone to Ernakulam for some work. We had some job at Tripunithura. After finishing the job, we visited my uncle at Edapalli. We then went to Ernakulam Jetty Bus station to take a bus to our destination - Kodungallur.

Just as we entered the bus station, a bus bound to Kodungallur was already waiting. All the seats were taken, and the bus was damn run down. She was from Parur depot. We decided to leave that bus. She left at 1830. A bus came at around 1835, but that was only upto Parur. Some minutes later, a Minibus came in. I was waiting for a proper chance to get a good image of a minibus...

No bus bound to my destination was seen any where. The time was getting late. Another bus to Parur came around. Still there was no sign of my bus. At around 0645 my bus finally appeared...

That was a real dream come true! I was dreaming for a long time to travel in a "Venad" bus! This day that really came true! The bus had a TATA chassis. The bus left at 1905. There was heavy traffic jam right from Kacheripady to Kaloor, and the bus took more than an hour to reach Edapalli! We reached Kodungallur around 2100, taking close to 2 hours to cover the distance which usually takes around an hour.

Sadly, KSRTC buses are now fitted with Pricol Speed Restricting Devices. The set speed is 60kmph! The private operators now score over these government monsters for their speed!

About 4 images of KSRTC can be seen here...


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