Erattupetta : KSRTC filed petition against driver for riding its bus dangerousy into flood waters in Poonjar. The case with non-bailable charges was registered following complaint lodged by KSRTC. Booked by police in Erattupetta is Jaydeepan, a INTUC Unit President and driver attached to Erattupetta depot.
As per the complaint, KSRTC stands to lose Rs 3 lakh by way of damage and revenue. The docked bus was worth Rs 12,000 in daily collection. Its engine stopped midway in the floods and became flushed with water causing major damage. The loss quoted combines cost of repairs that would take 15 days plus loss of collection in that time.
In the incident, the bus heading for Erattupetta was submerged half=high as the driver rode it into flood waters in front of St. Mary’s Church in Poonjar. Major tragedy was averted with help of locals who flocked to rescue the passengers trapped inside.