Kerala

Rs. 59.8-crore aid for KSRTC

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is going ahead with modernisation and qualitative improvement of its 6,000-odd fleet and total computerisation and e-governance even as the transport utility is trying to overcome a financial crisis.

Along with this, development of infrastructure, modernisation of workshops and training will be imparted to drivers, technical personnel and the officers to equip them to the new challenges.

The schemes submitted by the transport utility has been cleared and administrative sanction had been accorded to Rs. 59.85 crore under the plan schemes for 2014-15, official sources told The Hindu. The KSRTC had submitted schemes for Rs. 65.42 crore.

Of the Rs. 59.85 crore sanctioned, the highest amount of Rs. 36.30 crore has been earmarked for modernisation of the fleet. Using the funds, KSRTC is to replace as many as 181 buses.

Five data centres in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kozhikode, GPRS control rooms at five centres, integration of control room, computers in the main office, 28 depots, 47 sub depots and 4 workshops has got the sanction. A sum of Rs. 10.30 crore has been provided to the KSRTC.

Development of yard at Thevara and Ernakulam, construction of 10 bay garages at Alappuzha and Thrissur, bus terminals-cum-shopping complex at Aluva, Thodupuzha and Changanacherry and various works at Pampa depot form part of the Rs. 11.75 crore allotted for development of infrastructure and modernisation of workshops.

A sum of Rs. 50 lakh each has been allocated for modernisation of the Central works, Pappanamcode, Regional workshops at Mavelikara, Kozhikode and modernisation works in Chengannur depot.

The transport utility is to procure a simulator at a cost of Rs. 35 lakh to train the drivers. In addition to the simulator, training vehicles and mechanical laboratory for three training centres at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.10 crore has been cleared.

Except executive officers, the officers, supervisors, conductors, driver, mechanics, ministerial, stores and security personnel will be imparted training.

The KSRTC chairman and managing director has been asked to formulate a monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the schemes as per the time schedule. He had been asked to periodically furnish reports indicating the progress of development.

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