KTC starts tarmac service to ferry passengers at airport
In an attempt to bring the loss-making Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) back on the track, the state government has tied up with Air India to ferry the air passengers between the Dabolim airport tarmac and the terminal building.
Though the system was operational earlier, due to some unavoidable circumstances it was stopped. To start with, three non-AC buses have started plying in the airport premises since March 1. Informing about the tie-up, the KTC chairman, Mr Carlos Almeida said that the KTC will work towards introducing buses on new routes.
Besides this, Mr Almeida claimed that many proposals to bring the KTC back on the right track are in the pipeline.
He also told that a proposal to introduce air-conditioned KTC buses connecting major cities to the Dabolim airport, once the new integrated terminal building is commissioned, is in the pipeline.
The KTC chairman cited the huge amount of loans the KTC owes to the banks as one of the main reasons for the corporation running into loss.
He further disclosed that the corporation spends Rs 30 crore on diesel annually, adding most of the KTC buses are facing stiff competition from private buses and so are economically unviable.
He also said that the corporation is over-staffed.
Mr Almeida also disclosed that a plan to develop all the major KTC bus stands with provisions for setting up shopping malls and other business establishments is in the pipeline.
In a major disclosure, the KTC chairman also said that the Panaji KTC bus stand would be shifted to a new premises that would come up next to the bypass road and that the corporation is in the process of acquiring the land admeasuring over 70,000 square meters for the same.
“The proposal pertaining to the shifting of existing bus stand and the land acquisition has been sent to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar,” stated Mr Almeida.
“The KTC earns a revenue of around Rs 40 lakh per year on advertisements displayed on the buses plying on various routes. 411 buses are plying on 329 different routes and there is a proposal to introduce 151 new buses and to scrap around 60 to 70 old buses,” he disclosed.
He also said that the KTC will introduce 20 new intra-state buses – 10 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka adding further that he is working towards streamlining the KTC functioning. [NT]