Mangaluru: The crowds of women availing the opportunity to travel free of cost in KSRTC buses under the new government’s Shakti scheme were witnessed in large numbers at various holy places in the district on Sunday June 18. Dharmasthala, Sauthadka, Subramanya and many other places witnessed the highest number of women devotees than on Saturday.
There was a rush at bus stops in most of the holy places. A large number of women were also seen at the bus stops connecting the district. Buses going from Dharmasthala to Subramanya were seen overcrowded. As soon as the buses arrived at the station, the passengers who surrounded the bus were trying to board the bus through the driver’s door and windows. This is also leading to a verbal spat as the bags of those who have been put up to book the seats are shifted and other passengers get a seat. Drivers and conductors have to struggle hard to handle passengers.
Passengers are removing spare parts of some buses in their eagerness to board the buses Passengers travelling from one place to another were seen putting their clothes on the buses to dry.
Most of the buses from Dharmasthala to Subramanya have been diverted as there is no school trip of KSRTC as schools and colleges are closed on Sundays. Many additional buses have been dropped from various parts of the state to Dharmasthala, including 70 special buses from Bengaluru. A KSRTC official said that while there is a shortage of buses in some depots, there is a shortage of drivers and conductors in some other depots, which is causing problems in the departure of extra buses.