Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corp. (KSRTC) Wednesday said it will resume regular services to Tamil Nadu, two days after the state-run organization suspended operations after few of its vehicles were damaged post the demise of Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Tamil Nadu remained tense post Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest on Sunday and her demise a day later. Many vehicles, including cabs, private vehicles and buses, especially from Karnataka, stayed off the roads fearing violence. However, most parts of Tamil Nadu remained calm as the state observes seven-day mourning to mark the death of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa.
On Tuesday, the KSRTC had instructed all its staff in Tamil Nadu to remain in bus depots as a precautionary measure.
The KSRTC has around 470 daily departures to locations in Tamil Nadu, according to the department. Losses from suspending operations were around Rs1.5 crores, according to the spokesperson of the state-run corporation.
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The KSRTC had a rough year with services suspended over labour union strikes and unrest over the Cauvery and Mahadayi river water disputes, among other issues.
Bus services to Tamil Nadu were suspended in September over protests and violence over the Cauvery river dispute. Buses would stop just before the Hosur-Attibele (Bengaluru) border and passengers were expected to walk to the other side and then board other buses to their respective destinations.
Buses from all four corporations in the state had stayed off the streets for many days in July this year over wage hikes and other demands.
The nearly 10,000-15,000 cabs that ply from Bengaluru to places like Hosur, Chennai and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu also remained off streets.