KSRTC trade unions oppose move to buy 700 Swift buses

KSRTC-SWIFT bus | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Multiple trade unions, including AITUC, have opposed KSRTC's decision to buy 700 CNG buses for SWIFT services. BMS and INTUC stated this would have a drastic effect on the future of KSRTC. They pointed out that it is not ideal to buy such vehicles when the price of CNG is increasing day by day.

"Authorities aimed to bring new Swift buses as a replacement for the 700 long-distance buses used by KSRTC. It is also worth noting that the staff are appointed temporarily in Swift buses. Therefore, the KSRTC employees will find it hard to find a job," they said.

INTUC leader MG Rahul said that around 3,500 employees would lose their job in this manner. The buses are bought for Swift and not for the services conducted by KSRTC, he added.

KSRTC said that more ordinary bus services could be started if Swift buses are used for long-distance journeys. Therefore, those buses, currently used for long-distance services, can be re-allocated for normal KSRTC services. More employees could be used in such services, they added.

Earlier, the state cabinet approved a 455 crore loan from KIIFB to buy 700 Swift buses. It is learned that the interest rate will be 4 per cent. It is the first time that KIIFB is granting a loan in such a manner.

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