Vyttila hub not ready, says KSRTC

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The “Times Of India” has reported an article about the Vyttila mobility hub related to KSRTC. The article says that,

All is not well at the Vyttila Mobility Hub as the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) expresses inability to re-route traffic through a partially functional system. The KSRTC has stated that long distance buses will continue to operate through the city till all required facilities are put in place at the Hub.

“The Vyttila Hub is not ready and long distance buses will avoid it. These services will pass through the KSRTC bus terminus in the city. Though we welcome the new system, all bus services cannot be re-routed till it becomes completely operational,” said Alexander K Luke, Chairman and Managing Director, KSRTC.

He added that KSRTC’s city services and those buses which had earlier been passing through Vytilla Junction would enter the Hub. Luke also said that KSRTC would introduce feeder services when the Hub was ready. “I have seen the drawings of the Hub and we are definitely willing to make use of the Vytilla Mobility Hub,” reiterated the Chairman.

KSRTC points out that the Hub lacks an office space for the Station Master and there is no rest room and canteen facility for staff. The list of KSRTC services operating through the Hub is not available and there is no public announcement system to inform passengers of arrival, departure and cancellation of services.

“Passengers come to the Hub unaware of the fact that buses proceeding to Northern Districts do not enter the place. The bus stops at Vytilla junction on National Highway (NH) 47 were removed. So, commuters heading to places like Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode and the like are forced to shuttle between the Hub, the bus stop on the NH and finally, the KSRTC bus terminus in the city to catch a bus,” said Sunil Kumar, Station Master posted at Vytilla. He also said that he had been receiving complaints from aggrieved passengers.

Meanwhile, Vytilla Mobility Hub Society (VMHS) Managing Director, M Beena said the concerns of KSRTC would be addressed. Cabins and restaurant facilities for staff will soon be introduced in the Hub. “The markings at the base will be done and provisions for public announcement system will also be introduced at the earliest. There is also a need for more lights,” she said.

Comments

  1. KSRTC should start Super Fast service from Ernakulam to Thiruvananthapuram in every 30 minutes interval during day time. Because diverting long distance service through Vyttila Hub commuters from Thiruvanthapuram ,Kollam district badly affected.Most of them are working in Highcourt, Kochi Port,Navel Base and other well known business establishment in Ernakulam and West Kochi area. KSRTC can think about some long distance service through Thoppumpady, Ernakulam , Container Road, Kodungallur,Ponnani to Calicut and Kannur area ( after the introduction of Chambravattom Bridge) and some service to Thrissur,Palakkad area via Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda,Oorakam.

    Similarly by operating long distance service for Eastern area from Vyttila
    Hub passengers from Western area i.e.Fort Kochi,Mattanchery, Edakochi,Kumbalangi area badly affected.So some service from these area to Aluva,Ankamali,Moovattupuzha,Perumbavaoor,Kothamangalam Koothattukulam,Pala,Kottayham,Vaikom via Vyttila is urgently required.

  2. very useful if ksrtc can operate a few buses from highcourt/jetty stand to perumbavoor,muvattupuzha. these are eastern reach of kochi where the urban population and rural population are totally dependent on kochi,aluva. unlike chalakudy,angamaly,cherthala,vaikom etc where people moves in south-north direction between kottayam-kochi or kochi-thrissur .. by limiting buses to vyttila, makes tough for the daily commuting population from eastern areas of ernakulam district.
    start services from jetty/highcourt through edapally-pukkattupady-perumbavoor and jetty/highcourt through kakkanad-pattimattom-muvattupuzha routes. urgent need. especially when vyttila-thrippunithura routes are congested ever than before.