The earnings of Kerala State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC)’s Ernakulam bus depot dipped this year during Onam due to last minute trip cancellations to Bengaluru over the Cauvery water-sharing dispute betweenKarnataka and Tamil Nadu.
KSRTC officials in Ernakulam said the average revenue collection during Onam week stood at Rs 14 lakhday , compared to Rs 17 lakh the previous year. However, this is still higher than KSRTC’s earning on other days of the year that stood at nearly Rs 10 lakhday .
Officials said that the de creased revenue is because they were not in a position to run services in an unsafe environment that saw violence and stone-pelting incidents.As a result the passenger traffic during Onam fell sharply .”All seats in the three services from Ernakulam to Bengaluru were booked when the Cauvery water dispute came up. All the three services were cancelled immediately for two days. Ticket fare had to be refunded to passengers,” said controlling inspector at KSRTC Ernakulam bus depot A T Shibu.