A total of 800 additional buses will be operated by the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) from Ahmedabad to deal with Diwali rush. These buses will be operated to two tribal districts of Dahod, the Panchmahals besides Saurashtra region and neighbouring state of Rajasthan, a senior official said Tuesday.
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Addressing the media, GSRTC Chief Executive Officer Vipul Vijoy said the GSRTC would strengthen high-end Volvo bus services and recruit woman conductors from 2017.
He said nine special pick-up points would be started from Ahmedabad for the benefit of labourers going to Rajasthan, Saurashtra. While 600 additional buses would be run to Saurashtra, 600 buses would be operated to two tribal districts and Rajasthan, he said.
He admitted that GSRTC has been plying more than 400 buses which had completed a run of 8-lakh kilometres and would require to be scrapped. He said this was a technicality and a bus could be plied after periodic technical checks, repairs and maintenance. For GSRTC, passenger safety was utmost importance, he said.
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He attributed the dip in the GSRTC earnings in the current year to frequent cancellation of trips because of various large-scale agitations and protests. About losses caused by the operations of Volvo buses, he said service to Vadodara was run profitably while services to Rajkot and Surat stopped incurring losses this year. In the first half of the current financial year, he said the corporation had made a profit of Rs 1.04 per km in its operations.