K-Swift booming, KSRTC dooming

B Ajithraj

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KSRTC SWIFT bus | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: K-Swift that started to serve long routes is now slowly taking up short-distance routes as well. The city routes in Thiruvananthapuram town will also be handed over to K-Swift buses. The management says that though there are nearly 30,000 passengers on KSRTC buses per day, the city circular is suffering losses when considering the salaries of employees and diesel prices. Even after reducing the travel fares, there are not enough passengers in the city circular.

K-Swift has not yet posed a challenge for private buses running on the Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil Bengaluru route. Instead, K-Swift runs on the routes allotted to KSRTC as per the interstate contract.

116 buses for K-Swift were bought for Rs 50 crore, an amount that was allotted to KSRTC by the government as part of the project in 2021-22. Contract workers were employed for eight hours of duty for Rs 715. A sum of Rs 1,500 is paid for one KSRTC driving duty. The management claims that K-Swift buses are successful since the expense of managing these buses is less than that of KSRTC buses. The income from K-Swifts is also received by the KSRTC account. K-Swift is also using the facilities of KSRTC including the routes that the buses run on.

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