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Bus day celebrated with much fanfare

September 02 2013 9:31 AM

As part of the programme, passes for free travel were distributed in the city for the day. In the last lap of the programme, guests, including Benny Behanan MLA, District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth, City Police Commissioner K G James and film director Siby Malayil, took a trip in a private bus from the Hub to Maharaja’s College.

After inaugurating the celebrations, Benny Behanan MLA said the Hub was fast growing into a major centre. He told people to make use of public transport system. “Metro Rail is one of the promising projects which each person is looking forward to. The Metro will encourage people to take up public transport but other modes of transport should also improve. People’s mentality to government’s infrastructure development projects should change,” he said.

“Recently, a study carried out by an agency stated that our infrastructure development projects are lagging behind by around 10 years,” he said. He said after Onam, the boat service from the Hub to Kakkanad Collectorate will be operational but the scope of water transport in Kochi is yet to be tapped. Later, he distributed free passes to the public.

District Collector Sheikh Pareeth released the smart card for the ‘City on Wheels’ project. K G James, City Police Commissioner, launched the online reservation facility for the inter-district private buses.

Siby Malayil also spoke on the occasion. Representatives of various private bus associations, Motor Vehicle Department and residents associations were also present.

During the ride from the Hub to Maharaja’s College, Benny said that bus journeys evoked nostalgic memories.

“I remember my younger days when we used to travel in private buses. I love bus journeys,” Benny Behanan said. When asked when was it last that he took a bus, he replied that it was around three months ago.

Siby Malayil also narrated his experiences of his younger days when he had to catch several buses to reach Kochi from Changanassery. He said people spent a good part of their lives on buses.

Courtesy: The New Indian Express