The Kadamba transport corporation (KTC) will start plying buses on additional interstate and local routes soon. This was announced by Carlos Almeida, KTC chairman, at the launch of the KTC toll-free helpline for women and the provision for online application of KTC's monthly pass scheme. The helpline No is 1800-233-9333
Almeida said that "KTC will ply buses on 20 interstate routes and 80 local routes by the end of March." Some of the new routes the KTC buses will ply include Sawantwadi, Mumbai, Kankavali, Malwan, Solapur, Mahableshwar, Ratnagiri and Vengurla in Maharashtra and Karwar, Sirsi, Chorla-Belgaum, Hubli, Dandeli and Gokarn in Karnataka.
Almeida said that the KTC had received over 140 applications for plying buses through villages and other areas, of which 80 had been approved. Almeida said that the KTC was in the process of surveying all existing routes to try and augment them.
The KTC will be receiving 142 new buses-42 big and 100 minibuses-soon. Of these, 100 will be utilised on the new routes and the rest will be used to replace older buses.
Also, the KTC has so far issued over 10,000 monthly bus passes under a scheme that was started recently. Of these, around 2,900 passes have been issued to students and 3,400 to government servants. The scheme was started on January 1 this year with the government giving the KTC a subsidy of 5 cr to implement the scheme.
The KTC will also set up a new hi-tech electronic gate at its bus terminus in Panaji. The gate, which will initially be manually operated, will restrict entry to only buses at the bus terminus and keep cars and motorbikes that enter the bus area out. Almeida said the gate will help end the existing mess of unrestricted entry of all vehicles in the terminus. Almeida said that through the gate, toll collection will also be easier for the KTC and the corporation will not have to rely on a contractor.
Speaking on the automatic ticketing machines that had been recently introduced on some buses, Almeida said the KTC conductors were very happy with the machines and by March end the machines will be utilised on all KTC buses. [TOI]