KSRTC decides to cancel trips with income below Rs 25 per km
Kottayam: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, which is owned by the state government, has decided to cancel all trips that do not generate a daily income of Rs 25 per kilometer. As part of this move, KSRTC will be looking at the daily income for each out of schedule trip.
KSRTC buses serving remote areas are very busy during school and office hours. But other trips early in the morning and in the evening do not generate enough income. Therefore, KSRTC services operated during these hours on identified routes will be canceled.
With the cancellation of the dual service, buses that start the service in the morning will be forced to end the service in the evening.
The KSRTC has informed that if revenues decline and passengers face problems, only employees will be responsible. But KSRTC is not sure that employees are ready to take responsibility.
A meeting chaired by KSRTC MD offered some major recommendations amid the easing of COVID restrictions. It is proposed that passengers be allowed to stand and travel on buses, especially on routes where fewer services are operated.
The other recommendations are as follows:
- Unit-level meetings should be held on a daily basis and the loss and income from the previous day should be reviewed. The disadvantages must be resolved.
- The shortage of staff and buses should not disrupt or delay any service.
- Profitable routes must be identified. Heads of unit are empowered to reschedule regular bus services.
- The Head of Unit must confirm that each trip generates Rs 25 per kilometer and each schedule earns Rs 35 per kilometer.
- Although the services generate less than Rs 25 per kilometer, the services should be carried out regularly in areas like Adivasi regions where KSRTC services are the only relief for the population.