- Published: 03 January 2021
he city bus service, which was launched under the central government''s smart city scheme, is sustaining loss due to lack of commuters. Currently, there are only 30 buses plying in the city. The cost per kilometre goes up to around Rs 65. The daily income is Rs 20 per km and the loss is Rs 45. Although various projects have been implemented for the last few days to increase revenue, they are not meeting the expectation.
On January 23, 2019, 100 new buses were purchased from the Smart City Scheme in the city. Ninety buses started plying in the city. But in March 2020, the city bus service was closed due to Covid-19. Later, the bus service resumed from November 5. Initially, only 30 buses were started. However, two months later, the buses are still running empty as they are getting very little response from passengers. The per kilometre loss of buses running at present has reached Rs 45 per km. Hence smart city management has not started the remaining buses. It is planned to start 20 more buses from January 1. After seeing the response of these buses in the new year, it is planned to start 40 buses in the next phase. Buses will be started depending on the route on which the response of the passengers will be received.
Need more response from passengers
The cost of a city bus is Rs 65 per km. Compared to that, the bus is getting much less response from the passengers. The buses running on the road have an income of only Rs 20 per km. Therefore, at present, the administration has to bear a loss of Rs 45 per kilometre. The loss can be reduced only if there is a good response from the passengers, said Prashant Bhusari, senior manager, smart City bus.
Quelle/Source: Lokmat, 27.12.2020