Tuesday, July 1, 2008

14 fleet K.S.R.T.C buses In Charge....

The K.S.R.T.C chain service from Mallappally is turning out to be a great success. The tiring bus ride in Kozhencherry-Mallappally-Kottayam route seems to be over by the flooded K.S.R.T.C buses in this route. Per day collection is being recorded over Rs.65000. Earlier the route was dominated by the private bus operators until the chain service of K.S.R.T.C buses got inaugurated on June 14, 2008 by Hon’ble Transport Minister Sri. Mathew T Thomas.

The tiring travel in the Kottayam – Kozhencherry route is going to end with the initiative taken by the government of Kerala. Now onwards K.S.R.T.C buses will be available every 20 minutes in this route. 14 new buses are available in this route now. Mallappally K.S.R.T.C operating station now owns 32 buses as its own. Altogether the new buses run 70 trips per day. The total income in Mallappally Depot crossed Rs.1.55 lakhs by the introduction of new buses. By the introduction of chain service, more buses are allotted to hilly areas and remote places in Mallappally Taluk from the depot. “K.S.R.T.C is progressing forwards with many new revenue generating methods of raising funds and will soon become a profit generating venture soon. Mallappally operating station have scope for many developmental opportunities and the people here should cooperate to make it a great success”, he said in his inaugural address. M.L.A Joseph M Puthussery presided over the function. He also declared Rs.5 lakhs from his fund for the development of Mallappally Bus Station.

K.S.R.T.C is incurring huge loss each day. They had changed there way of operations to minimize the income-expense which is huge at this stage. They are building large shopping malls and complexes in major K.S.R.T.C bus stations across Kerala. Buses are being called for tender unlike earlier method of buying directly.
The buses in this route are supposed to keep the ‘time’ and should not go for competition ending up with accidents. Accidents are more frequent in this route among the private buses operating here, while in a hurry to catch more people than its ‘competitor’. This competition may get more intense by the introduction of K.S.R.T.C buses. Government should make every necessary steps to make sure that the life of common man is taken care of.
Unfortunately few incidents were reported where some K.S.R.T.C workers faced attacks while in operation. The complain raised by the K.R.T.C workers is that these are planned by the private bus operators and police is not taking any actions against them.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

About Mallappally

Mallappally is a Taluk in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala State of India. is one of the five Taluks making up the Pathanamthitta district and holds the distinction of being the Taluk with the lowest population among all the Taluks in the State. The majority of the population are either Hindu or Christian. The land derived its name from Mallan meaning Strong People and Pally meaning Church, and is believed to have a community of brave aggressive people from the nearby communities.
Even before the birth of the present day Kerala state, Mallappally had the unique distinction of having the most number of B.A. graduates from a particular geographical area in the erstwhile Travancore state. The town straddles the river Manimala which majestically flows southwards bisecting the town in to western and eastern parts. During summer months every year, a flat and wide sandy bed is formed in the middle of the river, large enough to hold conventions and festivals. The well known Mallappally Convention and the Shivarathri festival take place on two such vast sandy patches just yards away from the landmark bridge across the river. The landscape of Mallappally is dotted with several old and famous churches and temples.

The land holds a reasonable history and culture which includes:

  • VBS (Vacation Bible School) was first introduced at Mallappally, Kerala during 1953-56 by the CSI Missionaries.
  • Mallappally Convention was started in 1912 - this is an ancient gathering of the Malakara Christian Community, mainly communities of Mar Thoma and CSI.
  • Shiva Rathri, a legendary Hindu festival, is celebrated at its best and has the greatest gathering in Kerala, after the Alwaye Shiva Rathri. The land has now become popularly known as Shiva Rathri Nagar.
  • The Mallappally taluk holds one of the oldest Stone temples in India located in Kaviyoor.
  • Mallapally is the hometown of Great VolleyBall Player Prayattukunnel Oommen Varkey (Olympian Varkey/ Mallapally Varkey)
  • Nearest police station is Keezhvaipur.
  • Rev.George Matthen Mission Hospital.It serves as a medical hub in the society with no other standard medical institutions within a radius of 16 km.

    Cochin International Airport is 75 km north. The nearest railway station is Thiruvalla Railway Station.