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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

When WhatsApp saved the day for KTCL buses

PANAJI: A WhatsApp alert exchanged by the staff of the Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL), after the British-era bridge across the River Savitri on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed on Tuesday night, ensured that other state-run buses plying on the route stayed safe.

The first alert intimating depots in Goa about the tragedy was sent out by a staffer on the KTCL bus which was in queue with several other vehicles at the time.
Following this, a KTCL officer posted an alert message on the corporation's WhatsApp group and other KTCL buses thus refrained from plying on the route.
Meanwhile, a Mumbai-bound KTCL bus, which was right behind the ill-fated Maharashtra buses, luckily escaped the tragedy.
The bus and other vehicles en-route were then diverted to the Pune route to reach their destination.
"The KTCL bus was behind the Maharashtra buses by 30 minutes. It has reached Mumbai safely," said KTCL GM, V V S Kunkolienkar.
Following incessant rain in the Western Ghats over the last few days, rivers in the Konkan region are flooded and the two Mumbai-bound Maharashtra ST buses that fell off are reported to have been washed away in the flood. There were 22 passengers aboard. Till now, there hasn't been any news of fatalities involving citizens of Goa.

TOI Goa News

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