Kozhikode: Even in a deep financial crisis, 42 KSRTC buses have to simply travel 16 kilometres daily for the parking facility. For the last seven years, KSRTC has spent Rs 3.26 crore on this ride to the parking area in Pavangad without a single passenger. According to records, a daily loss of Rs 16,000 is incurred due to this.
At the same time, KSRTC is continuing to face a financial burden as diesel prices skyrocket daily. In August last year, it was decided to shift the bus parking to Nadakavu and the regional workshop to Pavangad. Transport Minister Antony Raju also assured action for the same. But the department didn't take any action as promised by the minister. Even after the diesel price rose to 100 per litre, 42 KSRTC buses of Kozhikode depot are running 16 km to find a parking space.
The regional workshop in Nadakavu covers about 3.5 acres. If the old building at the workshop premises gets demolished, KSRTC will be able to find a parking space for all the buses. Meanwhile, for shifting the workshop to Pavangad, the ground should be levelled. If the bus parking area is moved to Nadakavu, only 4 km extra is required per day. All these possibilities were discussed earlier.
When the construction of the bus terminal at Mavoor Road started in 2009, the depot and the bus service were shifted to Pavangad. KSRTC leased the land of the Water Authority and started the work there.
Though the construction of the terminal was completed in 2015, the parking of buses was difficult due to the lack of facilities. The KSRTC bus terminal here was constructed by spending Rs 74.43 crore. The depot, which has more than 80 buses, can only accommodate 40 buses at the terminal.