Staff Reporter

Fleet to have 1,000 new buses

New buses to be run for Sabarimala special service

Minister says KSRTC has taken steps for wage revision

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has purchased 1,000 buses during the past one year and has placed orders for another 1,000, Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas has said.

Addressing a press conference at the KSRTC bus station here on Saturday, the Minister said the corporation would operate new buses for Sabarimala special service during the Mandalam-Makaravilaku festival beginning November 16.

Mr. Thomas said the corporation had taken steps for wage revision.

The KSRTC management has approved a proposal for wage revision and the Cabinet sub-committee concerned would study the proposal before placing it for Cabinet approval. The proposed wage revision would impose an additional monthly financial liability of Rs.7 crore on the corporation.

New service

Mr. Thomas said the KSRTC would start a new bus service to Kumily via the hilly forest tracts of Moozhiyar, Kochu-Pampa, Pachakkanam and Gavi, from Pathanamthitta in a week.

The Minister said the corporation would construct a modern bus terminal-cum-shopping complex at Pathanamthitta town. The design and project report had been prepared. The four-storey shopping complex was estimated to cost Rs.30 crore and the corporation was chalking out a plan to complete it in two years. The KSRTC was planning to construct the shopping complex directly. The proposed complex is one among the 30 such complexes planned across the State.

K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA; R. Indu, KSRTC chief engineer; M.D. Ravikumar, zonal officer; Anilkumar, divisional transport officer; and Zakeer Hussein, municipal chairman; were present.