Tvm: KSRTC Blog, the KSRTC bus users blog today organised an interactive session on ‘KSRTC and the public’ in association with the KSRTC Travellers’ Forum in Trivandrum.
Sujith Bhakthan, the blog Administrator took up the grievances with the top management of KSRTC, on behalf of the commuters who have posted their complaints on the blog. Mr. T P Senkumar, MD, KSRTC; R Gopalakrishnan Nair, Vigilance Officer, KSRTC and senior trade union leaders who were present on the occasion gave a patient hearing to the long list of complaints. Along with the complaints, there were a few practical suggestions too, which the KSRTC has agreed to implement.
Mr. Senkumar while replying to the grievances said that KSRTC was facing a severe manpower crunch and this was hampering the daily operations to a great extent. At present there is a shortage of 4,000 drivers while KSRTC plans to recruit 7,000 new conductors. The KSRTC fleet has 215 Super Fast and 700 odd Fast Passenger class buses. 74% buses are in the Ordinary category. AC Deluxe buses haven’t taken off well. KSRTC’s share of the bus coverage in the state is only 26% while there are 13,742 private buses.
KSRTC is improving the connectivity to Technopark and Infopark with the recently launched JNRUM Volvo buses but the patronage is very low. The timetables for these Volvo buses are being put up on all their stops. Presently KSRTC is providing transport services to Infosys and TCS in Technopark and talks are going with other companies like IBS.
There has been a very good response for the online reservation service of KSRTC for 182 buses that have been introduced. KSRTC will be introducing GPS tracking of buses soon and this is expected to improve the services. But KSRTC has a long way to go in IT implementation.
The KSRTC Blog was started in September 2008 by Sujith Bhakthan, a third year Engineering Student to help people who love KSRTC and for those who wish to see the KSRTC in a higher position.