4 new KSRTC depots on cards

Bad roads: Corporation shells out Rs 2.28 crore this year

 
One depot in Mangalore and one in BC road will be added soon while the proposed two depots in Sullia and Subramanya will take some time. Each of the depots are estimated to cost about Rs 2 crore, a highly placed source in the KSRTC told Deccan Herald. In the meantime, bus stands have been proposed at B C Road, Kadaba, Uppinangady and Udupi, each at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore.

Apart from this, additional buses services from Mangalore to Ernakulam, Kasargod-Bangalore (Volvo), day service between Manipal-Bangalore (Volvo) are in the pipeline. Volvo bus service between Mangalore-Mysore and back is expected to be started in 15 days or so.

Though KSRTC has many developmental plans for the division, the Government can not go ahead with them only due to bad roads. Ultimately it is the common man who will be deprived of better facilities as long as the roads continue to be in bad shape, the source added.

Despite various impediments, the Corporation’s Mangalore division has registered good progress this year and has a bouquet of developmental plans lined up for the coming year.

The division, according to the source, has registered a turn over of Rs 12,287 lakh this year, which is 16 per cent more than the last year’s revenue which was at Rs 10,829 lakh. What makes this turn over a laudable sum is the fact that KSRTC has registered the same manoeuvring its way across bad roads and increased expenses, which are the major problems encountered by the Corporation across the State.

Further, the turn over was achieved despite the fact that Madikeri depot was carved out of Mangalore circle and given away to Mysore during November last. “Pathetic road conditions, especially at Charmadi and Shiradi ghat sections, is making KSRTC shell out huge additional expenses in terms of maintenance and fuel,” says the  source.

With as many as 240 KSRTC vehicles plying to and fro on Charmadi as well as Shiradi route per day, the corporation  had to bear with a romping additional 5 lakh litres of diesel amounting to an additional cost of Rs 1.5 crore this year.  The expenditure of spare parts alone has galloped from Rs 1.99 crore last year to Rs 2.28 crore this year, sources said.

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