CNG buses not useful, provide assistance to buy e-buses instead: KSRTC tells KIIFB


CNG bus owned by KSRTC | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The management of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has contested the proposal to buy new compressed natural gas-fuelled buses.

Electric buses are more suitable than CNG buses, the management told government. Considering the increase in fuel price for CNG, it requested the government to change the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) offer for financial assistance to buy new CNG buses but instead go for electric buses.

It also requested the government to waive the tax for diesel. These proposals were made at the meeting with Planning Board members held to decide on the assistance required for the next financial year.

The decision on salary distribution is still pending. Rs 30 cr more is needed to settle the present crisis. Minister Antony Raju has asked the management to file a report on actions to be taken following the High Court order directing them to pay the salaries of non-managerial employees within the fifth day of the month.

Meanwhile, the minister has postponed the discussion with the employees union leaders.


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