Chennai: There is a demand that the KSRTC consider Chennai, where there is a large number of migrant Keralites, on par with Bangalore in providing transport facilities. The KSRTC operates services from Bangalore to all important cities in Kerala. The demand is that the KSRTC should follow this example in the case of Chennai too.
Between 7am and midnight, the KSRTC operates more than 50 services between Bangalore and important cities in Kerala, using super deluxe, super express, super fast and AC Volvo multi-axle buses. Almost all KSRTC depots in Kerala operate at least one Bangalore service.
The migration from Kerala to Bangalore and Chennai is almost on similar levels. With the build-up of IT companies, more Malayali youths are migrating to Chennai in a big way. Still, the KSRTC has not yet thought of starting a service to Kerala.
The least travel facility from Chennai is to Kerala. All daily trains to Kerala are overflowing with people. Many times, tickets are not available even to travel in private buses. It is now a routine that people cancel their travel to avoid the rush during the festival season.
If the KSRTC starts services to Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kottayam, then the travel facilities of Malayalis in Chennai will improve by some extent. The hope is that the concept of Chennai-Kerala KSRTC service will open the eyes of authorities.
A few dream services: Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram (distance: 765 kilometres, travel time: 13-17 hours) Route: Thiruvananthapuram, Marthandam, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Perambalur, Tindivanam, Chennai. Advantage: Very helpful to travellers from Thiruvananthapuram. Since the service will be through Tamil Nadu, undoubtedly it will be full all the time.
Chennai-Ernakulam (702 km, 12-15 hours) Route: Ernakulam, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Chennai. Advantage: Beneficial to travellers from Ernakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad.
Chennai-Palakkad (574 km, 10-12 hours) Route: Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Chennai. Advantage: Beneficial to people from other districts in addition to those from Palakkad. There is always KSRTC services from Palakkad to Kozhikode and Ernakulam.
Chennai-Kozhikode (700 km, 12-15 hours) Route: Kozhikode, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Chennai. Advantage: Beneficial to people from Malabar. Since it passes through Palakkad, the service will be beneficial to people from there too.
Chennai-Kottayam (670 km, 12-15 hours) Route: Kottayam, Kumily, Dindigul, Tiruchirappalli, Perambalur, Viluppuram, Tindivanam, Chennai. Advantage: The service will be very beneficial to people from central Travancore.
Chennai-Kollam (720 km, 13-16 hours)Route: Kollam, Punalur, Tenkasi, Rajapalayam, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Perambalur, Viluppuram, Tindivanam, Chennai. Advantage: Beneficial to people from Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.