PUTTUR: Several KSRTC bus passengers have expressed their anguish over the act of
a few KSRTC bus drivers who force passengers to alight buses half-way through mostly
near the Mukrumpady depot, on the pretext that the bus had to undergo a repair. Such
incidents have become frequent at the Mukrumpady government bus depot, say several
It is said that many buses which pick up passengers at the KSRTC bus stand of Puttur,
drop passengers halfway through on the road, when the bus reaches Mukrumpady,
stating there was a repair. The driver instructs the passengers to wait for the bus on the
roadside until it returns.
But the poor passengers who have already paid the bus fares are left with no other go
but to wait for hours together for the bus to return from the depot. When the problems of
the waiting passengers are pointed out, they express their helplessness and say they are
not supposed to take the passengers inside the depot. However, passengers complain that
they have to wait in the sun at Mukrumpady which lacks any amenity like drinking water
facility or lavatory.
Even the depot manager has failed to take any action when he was briefed of the
problem, they say. The general feeling is that such attitude of the KSRTC authorities
would make passengers shun KSRTC buses and opt for the private buses.