KSRTC asks govt to extend life span of superfast buses
KSRTC has approached the state government demanding to extend the period of use of superfast buses from 7 years to 9 years. If not, 415 buses will have to be withdrawn from service during the next 6 months and there are no new buses to replace the old ones.
Earlier, superfast buses were used only for a maximum of 5 years. It was raised to 7 years for the sake of KSRTC, but now, the Managing Director of KSRTC has again written to the government seeking further extension. The predicament of KSRTC is very much clear from the letter.
KSRTC has bought 100 new buses from Ashok Leyland in the last 3 years and is yet to pay an amount of Rs 18 crores to the company. The company has filed a case against KSRTC over non payment of dues.
The maximum usage limit was set in order to keep these buses in the best possible condition. Superfast buses usually cover a distance of 350- 500 kms per day. And after 7 years, they are converted to short distance buses.
However, the technical division workers and the drivers have expressed their reservations against the use of these buses that are more than 7 years old for long distance transport.