KSRTC to scrap 10 JNNURM AC low-floor buses

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to demolish abandoned JNNURM AC low-floor buses as directed by the High Court. It is for the first time, that KSRTC is taking such a step.

A total of 10 buses among the 28 abandoned in Thevara here will be scrapped. It is reported that these buses have been abandoned for the last 2 years.

KSRTC is planning to resume the operation of the 18 buses dumped at Thevara depot. Only 10 buses which are nearly 11 years old will be scrapped following the High Court directive. The expiry period of low floor buses is fixed as 11 years.

Recently, the High Court questioned the KSRTC for dumping a huge number of buses in various depots.

According to a statement filed by the KSRTC in the Kerala High Court recently, it has around 239 low floor rear-engine buses lying unused in its depots across the state.

All the 239 buses are more than nine years old and have run more than 5 lakh kilometers and therefore, the corporation has decided to scrap them, KSRTC told the court in response to a PIL which alleged that around 2,800 buses of the state transport authority were lying unused in various depots.

Refuting the allegation, KSRTC told the court that 1,736 buses were lying unused due to COVID-19 and of them 920 were earmarked for scrapping and the rest were to be utilised for service operations.

Presently, only around 455 buses were lying unused, it had told the court.

(With inputs from pti)

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