KOZHIKODE: The district administration’s recently launched project, Savari girigiri , aimed at resolving the problems faced by students while travelling by bus to schools, has inspired its first charitable initiative. A group of people from Mathottam in the city, united by the social media platform ‘Whatsapp’ has decided to launch a daily free bus service for students to the city schools.
The group named ‘Mathottam Whatsapp Group’ is a collective of around 100 members, including a few non-resident Indians from Mathottam. This is the first humanitarian undertaking by the group, which has plans to undertake several charitable initiatives in the future, said Subhash Chandra Bose, group convener.
The bus, arranged in collaboration with the Bus Owners’ Association in the district, will start its service from Arakkinar, near Mathottam, at 8.45 a.m. It will pick up students from as many as seven key stops on its way to the city and will end its service at Mananchira.
“Priority would be given to students from Mathottam to Meenchanda on its way to the city,” said Mr. Bose. The return trip will start at 3.50 p.m. from Mananchira and will end at Beypore. Students from any school can make use of the service, said the organisers.
The ‘students-only’ bus will stop slightly away from the regular bus stops to avoid confusion for other passengers.
It will also carry a ‘Students Only’ board, said the district authorities. The group will have to shell out around Rs.1,300 for daily services (to and fro).
“We will make arrangements to pay this amount in advance for a month,” said Mr. Bose. He said the initiative was inspired by the district administration’s recent project Savari girigiri .
District Collector N. Prasanth will inaugurate the service at 8.45 a.m. on September 15.
“We have already made an arrangement with the Bus Owners’ Association to carry out the service and the district administration has offered all support for the venture,” said Mr. Bose.
Author: Staff Reporter