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Kozhikode: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has discontinued the practice of adding depot codes to buses to identify the depot to which the bus belongs. From now on, KSRTC will provide the bus with a district-wise unified code. To give the district-wise serial number, KSRTC will add two letters on the left side of its bonnet number. This will be a two-letter code referring to the district. KSRTC MD Biju Prabhakaran issued an order in this regard, and the changes will take effect from March onwards.
The district-wise code identified by KSRTC are as follows: Thiruvananthapuram-TV, Kollam-KL, Pathanamthitta-PT, Alappuzha-AL, Kottayam-KT, Idukki-ID, Ernakulam-EK, Thrissur-TR, Palakkad-PL, Malappuram-ML, Kozhikode-KK, Wayanad-WN, Kannur-KN and Kasaragod-KG
The DCPOs in the respective districts is tasked to classify the existing buses based on its age. The corporation decided to implement a unified system to avoid disputes while buses were transferred from one depot to another.
With this, a bus does not belong to a particular depot. Instead, the bus will be allotted to each district. In the past, when a bus was transferred to another depot, several arguments often arose. This causes several services to get delayed.
Due to the disputes, the bus used for 'Bus on Demand' and 'Budget Tourism' were handed over for resolving the issue. This also significantly affected such services. Buses for special needs, including bus-on-demand, will no longer be used for regular services.