Close on the heels of centralising the air conditioned low-floor multi-axle buses to the main bus depots in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode to commence the ‘Chill Bus’, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to reschedule the Superclass services being operated by the fleet.
The initiative, after the move to centralise the 219 multi-axle buses procured under JnNURM and operated under the Kerala Urban Transport Corporation (KURTC) — the subsidiary of the State transport undertaking — is to improve the services by ensuring the punctuality of schedules and to shore up revenue.
Through centralising of the multi-axle buses to three depots in three major cities, the corporation is planning to commence the Chill buses from August that will run in fixed intervals offering connectivity to commuters from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasargod.
As part of the rescheduling, the 600 buses of the State transport undertaking that operate Superclass services now from almost all the bus depots in the State will be shifted to one main depot, preferably in the district headquarters. The Superclass services that are operated with Super Fast, Express and Deluxe buses will operate from these designated bus depots in 14 districts.
“With these, the KSRTC is aiming for maximum utilisation of the fleet, time management, better service and maintenance of the 600 buses to increase the revenue”, a senior KSRTC official told
. The KSRTC will also withdraw the technicians given to the bus depots that operated one or two Superclass services. They will be posted in the 14 designated bus depots to take care of the maintenance of the buses that operate Superclass services.
The spare bus provided to the depots to operate in case of any emergency such as breakdown and other technical glitches will also be taken back and used for running Superclass services. This will result in more buses on the road and increase in revenue, he said.
For those who had been using the Superclass services from small depots in the State for commuting, the KSRTC will introduce connectivity bus to the designated main depot in the 14 districts. The Superclass bus will commence journey only after the connecting bus arrives.
Even the option of giving a single ticket for the entire journey is being looked into by the authorities.
In Phase III, the rescheduling of 1,000 Fast Passenger buses will be taken up. This will be followed by rescheduling of the 4,200 City ordinary buses that operate in Thiruvananthapuram and other cities in Phase IV. At present, Superclass services are exclusively operated only from the Thampanoor central bus station.
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