MANGALORE: Will this coastal city witness nationalisation of routes and entry of state-owned KSRTC into city and mofussil services? Not likely if one goes by observation of R Ashoka, minister for transport. His reason for this is simple: “While there is tremendous support from people for introduction of KSRTC city services after the success that our Volvo City service has generated, the elected representatives here are not willing to take a call on it.”
A candid Ashoka told STOI that KSRTC is meeting resistance from all sides – be it from local elected representatives, officials, courts and even the local bus operators. “Only people are with us,” Ashoka says, adding that this was amplified when KSRTC launched Volvo City Service from Mangalore to Manipal and Kasargod respectively. “The turnout of people for this event at short notice was the highest ever in the history of KSRTC,” Ashoka said.