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Friday, 28 January 2022 1.10 AM IST

KSRTC: Several good buses turning into scrap

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While some buses have lost their tyres, some others were in completely dilapidated condition. Many of these buses have turned shelter for shrubs and even snakes. This is the condition of several KSRTC buses which are left abandoned at Eenchakkal bus depot. Not just in Eenchakkal, several buses have been dumped at various bus depots across the state in the name of 'Common Pool'.

A large number of buses were abandoned at depots as the KSRTC ran very few services during the Covid period. Authorities had planned to install CNG engines in all these buses. However, nothing materialised. Several buses that used to run without any problems have now turned into scrap. Nearly 140 buses in the Super Deluxe, Express and Volvo categories and 200 AC low floor buses are sitting idle. According to the employees, the management was not ready to repair these buses and bring them back on the road even as several relaxations were announced in Covid restrictions. However, the management said that 200 of these buses were being used for transportation.

Meanwhile, KSRTC's tender invitation to take buses on rent has become controversial. Earlier, KSRTC had suffered huge losses by taking buses on rent. However, the management guarantees that there will be no loss as private buses will be taken on rent on a dry lease basis.

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