Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The name of the Volvo buses operated by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) continues to be a contentious issue. At the State-level Empowered Committee meeting for the Jawaharlal Nehru National urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) held on Wednesday at Thiruvananthapuram, the civic representatives argued for inscribing the name of the civic bodies on the buses. However, it was not well received by the KSRTC officials at the meeting.

At present, the name of the KSRTC and the JNNURM are written on the buses that are allotted for the Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.

“The Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi Mayors at the meeting argued for including the name of the civic bodies. The Local Administration Minister also supported our demand,” said Mayor Mercy Williams. As the KSRTC resisted the proposal , it was decided to leave the decision to the government.

No profit

The Volvo bus service in Kochi is yet to break-even though it fares better than the Thiruvananthapuram service. The daily average collection from a bus in Kochi is to the tune of Rs.10,000. This was around Rs.9000 in Thiruvananthapuram. It would require Rs.16,000 a day from a bus for the service to become profitable. Each bus is covering 360 km a day, KSRTC officials said.