Erattupetta: The KSRTC officials are mulling over a fixed route to deploy a bus that was dubbed 'Chunk' (heart) by its female fan and the transport authorities last year. The issue arose as the 'Chunk bus' RSC 140 was shifted to Kattappana depot after the duty revision of its crew. With the change, the bus lost a permanent route to conduct service. For the last three months, its route is being decided only when the crew arrive in the morning.
The KSRTC bus, which plied on the Kottayam-Kattappana stretch was christened 'Chunk' in a public relations exercise after the depot received a unique phone call from one of its daily commuters who was disappointed to notice the sudden absence of her favourite vehicle. So she rang up the authorities of the depot to find out why the bus had stopped plying in the stretch. The phone call of the girl expressing her attachment to the public vehicle and stating that it was all but her 'chunk' (heart) went viral.
The bus by then had been shifted to Kannur from Aluva and then to Aluva. Moved by the rare gesture of the commuter, the KSRTC RSC 140 bus was brought back to its old depot and and resumed its old service. Quite aptly, the bus got its new name ‘Chunk’ and has the word written over a heart sign on all the four sides. But the service wound up three months ago.
However, unlike the previous time no ardent fan has so far come forward to enquire about the Chunk once its schedule was changed or service ended. After the en-masse termination of empanelled conductors following the court order the bus could conduct service only on one day in two weeks.
Today, the fate of the 'Chunk Bus' is no less different from that of the jobless empanelled employees of the KSRTC.