Kerala Tourism has launched an online platform that
enables non-residents to book vehicles of tour operators to travel back to the state, ending
the stalemate due to a national lockdown clamped seven weeks ago to fight COVID-19.
Keralites stranded in other parts of the country can submit enquiries to
tour/transportoperator through the department’s website www.keralatourism.org.
The tour operator will get (by email) the NRK’s requirements and contact details.
Simultaneously, the NRK will get the enquiry number and relevant information about the
preferred travel company. The mutual interaction can help fix the trip and payment.
The traveller can then apply for necessary entry pass to travel to Kerala, using the vehicle
details. “This would help the NRKs to get vehicles for their travel to the state,” said Mrs Rani
George, Secretary, Kerala Tourism.
Already, the platform has facilitated 151 registrations by this weekend and registration of
tour/transport operators is continuing. The number of vehicles available for the service is
now 493, with an overall seating capacity of 5,897.
The break-up goes thus: Swift (or equivalent) 53, Toyota Etios (or equivalent) 81,
Ertiga or equivalent 37, Toyota Innova 112, Innova Crysta53, Winger/Tempo 28, Tempo
Traveller (12+1 seater) 71 and buses 58.