Only 920 buses have been abandoned, says KSRTC in affidavit to HC

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Kochi: Abiding to the direction of the Kerala High Court, KSRTC furnished details of buses lying idle at depots and dumping yards in the state. In an affidavit to the court, KSRTC said that only 920 buses have been shifted to be dumped.

The court directed KSRTC to furnish details concerned while considering the PIL filed by Kasaragod native N Raveendran, who alleged that 2800 buses are left abandoned by KSRTC in the state.

With the affidavit, KSRTC has refuted the allegation and has provided the bifurcated data on buses to be condemned. According to the affidavit, out of the 920 buses, 681 are regular buses and 239 are JNNURM buses..

Those buses have been shifted after nine to 16 years of usage, KSRTC pointed out in the affidavit. Of these buses, 21 can be made operational if maintenance work is done, KSRTC claimed.

According to KSRTC, the buses lying idle at depots do not necessarily mean they are to be scrapped. Some can be made operational by maintenance work, KSRTC said.

KSRTC also maintained that it was following the schedules and operations were proper before Covid-19 pandemic struck. KSRTC also attributed high fuel price for the issues it faces.

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