Kochi: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) filed a complaint with state government over the illegal inter-state service of private contract buses. In a reply to RTI application, KSRTC revealed the loss suffered due to the illegal service of private buses to Bengaluru and other states.
D Binu, a native of Ernakulam filed the RTI application seeking details of losses suffered by KSRTC.
The private buses which are categorised as contract carriage vehicles must take passengers from the place of departure. Such buses are restricted from taking passengers from bus stops like KSRTC.
But violating this rule, most of the private buses are taking passengers from various stops by providing online reservation. It was found that such buses are encroaching the places which are served by KSRTC.
The RTI applicant asked KSRTC whether they have taken any action against private buses which are turning to stage carriage from contract carriage.
As per the records, KSRTC suffered a loss of Rs 4,033.41 crore from 2005-2006 to 2014-15. A loss of Rs 128.31 crore is estimated from issuing free passes. At the same time, a loss of Rs 672 crore was marked by providing free rides to students.
In the reply to the RTI application, KSRTC listed its loss and income. Police department has to pay Rs 43.12 lakh to KSRTC. The government has granted Rs 3,100 crore through consortium to clear the arrears.
KSRTC reported that apart from the regular services, they collect additional revenue of Rs 24 crore from shopping complex, ATM and coffee vending machines.