Kollam: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is in the midst of reevaluating its services to counter revenue loss, sparking concerns about potential service cutbacks in rural areas. As part of this restructuring effort, KSRTC has taken the decision to discontinue services that generate less than an average of Rs 30 per kilometre.
To initiate this process, discussions are scheduled to be held with representatives of local bodies to collaborate on the path forward. The aim is to carefully assess the revenue generated by each bus route in a precise manner. New services introduced in various locations will undergo daily revenue evaluations to determine their financial viability.
Inspectors have been tasked with the responsibility of overseeing these assessments, with a directive to review the income generated and adjust strategies accordingly. Trips demonstrating lower revenue initially will be rescheduled and operated on a trial basis. Should these services continue to operate at a loss during this period, they may either be discontinued or transformed into village carts.
However, it is worth noting that many panchayats are reluctant to undertake the financial responsibility of launching village carts, thereby complicating the issue. There is growing concern that the implementation of these new guidelines may lead to the cessation of several bus services to rural areas, potentially impacting the accessibility and mobility of rural communities.