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KOCHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to prepare a route map for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses that have to be diverted for Metro works at night.

"We have understood that KSRTC buses are being diverted through many alternative roads between Kaloor and Edappally, creating trouble for both the transport body and passengers. Our official will meet Ernakulam KSRTC bus station master on Tuesday. We will hand over a route map for KSRTC buses taking this route," said chief engineer (Kochi Metro rail project) G Kesava Chandran.

TOI had carried a report on January 18, stating that bus passengers are having a harrowing time due to the lack of coordination between KSRTC and DMRC at night. Without any prior warning, labourers working for the Metro were diverting KSRTC buses at various points between MG Road and Edappally Junction. As a result, these buses miss important bus stops, where passengers have to get down or board.

A senior DMRC officer said the chief engineers of Kochi Metro rail project would sit together on Tuesday afternoon and chart a route map for KSRTC buses operating at night.

Meanwhile, KSRTC authorities welcomed DMRC's decision. "DMRC has taken a quick, timely and practical solution. Once they give us a route map, we can provide the same to passengers who can plan their journey accordingly. This will also be helpful for the bus crew," said KSRTC chief traffic officer (Ernakulam) P Sasidharan.

DMRC sources said the map would suggest wider roads on the route for buses to prevent traffic jams. "We have noted that buses are directed to take narrow roads between Kaloor and Aluva highway junction by field workers, mostly migrant labourers, who have difficulties in explaining alternative routes to bus crew due to poor language skills. This situation can be prevented with a good route map," the officer said.


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