New Volvo Bus to Bangalore by KSRTC

Published on: 24 Sep, 2013
Published under: Cochin District News, Kerala Travel News

23 September 2013

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation is finally taking some steps to put its A/C Volvo service to Bengaluru, characterized by frequent cancellations, back on track by purchasing a new Volvo for the inter-state service.

This move comes in the face of charges that the corporation has been helping private operators by frequent cancellations of its own service from Thiruvananthapuram to Bangaluru, particularly during peak demand seasons like Onam.

“Reports regarding the move to stop the service is not true. In fact we promise regular services as we’ll be deploying a new Volvo bus in the route. Currently, the route permit will expire by November, but there is ample time to apply for its renewal”, said KSRTC Executive Director (Operations), K.M.Irshad.

Currently, the corporation has three Volvo buses. “Ideally, two vehicle schedules (two spare buses) are required for a one-time schedule (to and fro services). However, currently, the problem is that if the buses develop glitches, it would take some time to repair them as the staff from the company will have to come from Bangaluru to fix them”, sources said.

The Bengaluru service rakes in much revenue, even up to Rs 80,000 per trip. “The high collection even helped close the Rs 5 cr loan which was taken from the KSRTC Employees Society Fund. The new bus will close be purchased with funds from the society”, they said.

While Karnataka and other private bus operators successfully run the AC Volvo services, KSRTC always loses out in the competition due to its frequent cancellation of the popular service.


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