Like any metro cities, Chennai also has many residents from other Indian states. With the sudden floods in Chennai, transportation from the city to neighbouring states seems to be a tough task.
While Chennai airport was flooded and services were closed down, private buses charged double the actual fare leaving the commuters left with no other option than to pay the huge amount just to reach their hometowns.
However, even after the airport resumed its services, commuters are not able to avail services as the ticket rates have reached to Rs 50,000 from Rs 3000.
It is in this situation, Kerala State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) buses, which normally does not have any services to Chennai, became a good Samaritan for many stranded people in Chennai by offering a free ride to Kerala.
KSRTC has almost special 34 services to Chennai from different depots in Kerala in order to help the victims of the worst disaster. Apart from free services, the passengers are also given water and food items like biscuits and fruits.
"I am working in Chennai and was stranded there as there weren't any train services, I checked some private buses also, but they were charging quite a lot of money. That's when my friends came to know about the bus services offered by Kerala SRTC for free. Thankfully, I got the bus and reached my home safely. Thank you KSRTC," says a commuter Divya to IBTimes India.
The kind gesture of KSRTC has been lauded by Tamilians and many popular Tamil dailies have carried the news of the same.
It is understood that more than 1,755 people have returned to Kerala on these buses. KSRTC buses are available from bus bay four in the Koyambedu Bus Terminal to Trivandrum, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam. Buses towards Palakkad and Thrissur are via Villupuram, Salem, Coimbatore and Trivandrum buses are via Villupuram, Madurai, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil.
KSRTC Helpline Number 07899442120
Check out some social media responses below:
Kerala Government has made trips in KSRTC buses from Chennai toKerala free. Buses leave Chennai every hour. Not a dime is charged. Hats off to Mr. Chandy for this noble, yet silent gesture.
When TN & KA minted money for each ticket from Chennai.
Absolutely Free To and From Chennai.
Take a Bow. Big Bow