KSRTC to hire private buses for budget tourism trips

Pathanamthitta: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has announced a new experiment as part of its measures to attract more passengers and boost revenue. The latest initiative involves hiring private tourist buses for its popular ‘budget tour packages.’

Initially, a 49-seater non-AC bus will be hired on a trial basis for the purpose for a month. “More private vehicles will be taken on rent if the experiment is successful,” said a KSRTC official.

The rent fixed for hiring private buses is Rs 13 per km up to a distance of 500 km, Rs 12.85 from 501-650 km and Rs 12.60 from 651-800 km. In addition, the driver will be paid a ‘bata’ (allowance) of Rs 4 per km.

Currently, KSRTC conducts budget tour packages from major depots with its fast passenger and super-fast class buses.

Meanwhile, it is pointed out that private buses are being hired for tour packages spending extra money even as over 500 vehicles belonging to the KSRTC are parked at various depots without conducting services.

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