The ailing Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) management is on cloud nine as the revenue from the fleet has been going up ever since the 4,071 empanelled conductors were terminated on December 18 as directed by the Kerala High Court.

Though the 1,485 reserve conductors recruited through the Kerala Public Service Commission have not been deployed in buses, the KSRTC registered a record collection of ₹7.95 crore in 2018 from the fleet on December 31. The demand for seats in KSRTC buses after the Christmas vacation in educational institution was cited one of the reason.

Instead of the ₹3.5 crore daily used for purchase of high speed diesel for the fleet, the KSRTC could manage the fuel bill for ₹2.63 crore on December 31. The fuel bill also includes the fleet used for Sabarimala services.

KSRTC Chairman and Managing Director Tomin J. Thachankary said the State transport undertaking had been able to save ₹56.63 lakh daily after the 4,071 empanelled conductors were terminated from service.

Of the ₹56.63 lakh being saved daily, ₹37.61 lakh is towards the fuel bill, ₹5.76 lakh for purchase of tyre and spare parts and ₹13.26 lakh for salary of the personnel.

The KSRTC was able to save ₹38.69 lakh daily towards the operational cost through scientific revamp of the schedules.. Thus, the CMD said, the corporation was able to get additional income of ₹12 crore monthly from the fleet even when the schedules were curtailed.

The revenue increase from ticket collection was when 661 buses did not ply and there was a decrease of around 2 lakh km. The CMD has pointed out that it is now clear that the scientific running of schedules will fetch revenue and that the number of employees does not matter.

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