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Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC has stated that the education department must share the burden if it has to give more than 25 student concession cards per bus on a route. KSRTC explained that either education department or child welfare department should bare the financial expenses if more than 25 student concession cards have to be issued.
KSRTC chief Biju Prabhakar also pointed out that the management has handed over the recommendations to the state government.
In a 48-seater bus, 25 seats are given for students. That means other commuters will get only 23 seats. So, if more seats are allowed for students then it will affect the common people.
Similarly, the operations on routes in which relaxations are given are not profitable. However, even in such routes at least one bus service will be operational, the KSRTC management explained.
KSRTC maintained that they are willing to operate more buses if expenses incurred are met. As part of ‘Grama Vandi’ scheme, KSRTC is operating buses on routes for which local body governments are bearing fuel cost. The same method can be used for operating buses for students, KSRTC said.