KSRTC to scrap 1200 old buses
Thiruvananthapuram: Out of the 6200 buses, KSRTC will scrap 1200 old buses. Most of these buses are in poor condition similar to the bus in Dileep starrer 'Parakkum Thalika’.
KSRTC has observed that a huge amount will be spent to repair these old buses. Hence, the management has taken action to withdraw these buses from service.
A technical committee including Motor Vehicle Department officials and engineering college officials will inspect these buses. The old buses dumped in the depots will be segregated and modified as caravans and parcel vans.
500 buses which are unfit for ride will be converted as commercial space. In the present circumstances, KSRTC only need 3800 buses for service.
450 buses will be kept as reserved buses at district centres. Additional buses will be allotted to each depot based on passenger rush.
Even after limiting the expenditure, KSRTC has been incurring a monthly expenditure of Rs 5 cr for purchasing spare parts.
At the same time, KSRTC have to clear insurance payment of Rs 17 cr for operating the ordinary buses which are dumped in the depots.
Fitness certificate should be obtained for these buses by March 31. FASTag and GPS should be installed on these buses. Tyres and spare parts should be replaced. The KSRTC management would not be able to meet the huge expenditure on this.
KSRTC has earned Rs 3.5 cr after operating 3317 buses the other day.
At present, JNRUM buses are not operating service. Among these buses, 250 would not be operated due to fault in cable.
KSRTC has to spent Rs 9 lakh per bus for switching these buses to automatic transmission system. But the corporation will not be benefited from it.
Hence, KSRTC has been planning to use maximum buses on service. For this purpose, the average use of ordinary buses will be increased from 170 km to 250 km and Fast Passenger from 300 km to 450 km.
At the same time, KSRTC will purchase 460 new buses including CNG and LNG. The old buses will be withdrawn from service.