Increased operational cost has resulted in BMTC losing Rs. 608 crore between 2011-12 and 2016-17. The diesel cost alone constitutes about 27.27% of overall cost and staff cost is 53%. The BMTC has appealed to the State government to grant more funds to recover from the loss. The official says BMTC’s counterparts in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai receive grants in various forms, which helps in reducing the financial burden. The BMTC currently has dues of Rs. 314 crore payable to employees and statutory authorities.

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