KSRTC decides to cancel trips with income below Rs 25 per km

Sajeev S Nair

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Kottayam: The state government-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to cancel all trips which fail to generate a daily collection of Rs 25 per kilometre. As part of this move, KSRTC will examine the daily income of each trip apart from the schedule.

KSRTC buses plying in remote areas are having good rush during school and office hours. But other trips during early morning and night are not generating sufficient revenue. Hence, KSRTC services operating during these hours in the identified routes will be cancelled.

With the cancellation of double duty, buses that start service in the morning will be forced to conclude service by evening.

The KSRTC has informed that if the revenue falls and passengers face any woes, only the employees will be responsible. But KSRTC is not sure whether the employees will be ready to take up the responsibility.

A meeting chaired by KSRTC MD proposed major recommendations amid the relaxations in COVID restrictions. It is proposed that the passengers should be allowed to stand and travel especially on routes where less number of services are operated.

Other recommendations are as follows:

  • Unit level meetings should be conducted daily and loss and revenue of the previous day should be examined. Drawbacks should be resolved.
  • Shortage of staff and bus should not disrupt or delay any service.
  • Profitable routes should be identified. Unit chiefs are empowered to reschedule the ordinary bus services.
  • The unit chief must confirm that each trip generates Rs 25 per kilometre and each schedule earns Rs 35 per kilometre.
  • Though the services generate less than Rs 25 per kilometre, services should be carried out regularly in areas like Adivasi regions where KSRTC services are the only relief for the people.

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