KSRTC to resume full-fledged bus services

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There were more than 5000 buses servicing in KSRTC in the pre-Covid era. It had developed many sources of income other than on the tickets during the pandemic due to a very low number of services. But it could only survive with the government’s support.

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Kochi: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is going to resume full-fledged services by eliminating the duty relaxations given to the employees. All employees are directed to report for the duty as per schedules to conduct maximum services.

Punching system was restored on Friday and the management has ordered to calculate the salary of staff only on the basis of punching attendance.

The standby will be allowed only to those employees whose duty has been hindered unintentionally. Even in such cases, the employees are supposed to be in the restrooms available in the depot following the Covid regulations instead of roaming around on the premises.

KSRTC used to operate more than 5000 bus services in the pre-Covid era. It had developed many sources of income other than ticket sales during the pandemic many services were avoided. But it could only survive with the government’s support.

There are 6204 buses owned by KSRTC and 4425 buses of them conducted service in the begonning of this year. It elevated the income to Rs 100 crores but as soon as the lockdown was enforced again due to second wave of pandemic in Kerala, the corporation found difficulty in functioning.

The number of services were reduced to 3000 as of last month’s count. The corporation aims to increase the income to Rs 180 crores per month by resuming all services.

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