MSRTC to get a make-over in 5 years: Transport Minister

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jul 2018 10:24:27


 

By Kartik Lokhande,

 

The loss-ridden Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is all set to get a make-over in the next five years. “We have already initiated various steps and the results will be for all to see soon,” said Diwakar Raote, Transport Minister of Maharashtra, in an interview to The Hitavada on Thursday.


MSRTC has been posting losses running into crores of rupees for years. “There were several reasons responsible for losses. Number of owned vehicles, shared travel expenses, illicit transport, fuel price hike, salary hike, unregulated expenditure on procurement of spares, mismanagement of affairs, and lack of discipline are some of the major reasons,” Raote said. However, said the senior leader of Shiv Sena, various measures are being taken to improve MSRTC’s performance.


Informing about the measures, Raote said that purchase of new chassis of ST buses every five to six years was stopped. “A chassis lasts for 15 years. So, we have now decided to use the old chassis and build new body in our workshops. This has resulted in savings estimated to be between Rs 500 crore and Rs 600 crore,” he added. Further, electronic monitoring of spares in inventory is being done to avoid unwarranted purchase of spare parts. Direct procurement also has been reduced and conduct of tender process has been streamlined, he told ‘The Hitavada’.


As far as manpower crunch is concerned, Raote said that MSRTC was working with 60 per cent vacancies. However, he added quickly, the process for recruitment is being conducted now. He observed, “The recruits will be imparted training in the field as well as in the workshop. The new manpower will be of use to MSRTC after three years of training.” The number of buses also is being increased. ‘Lalpari’ buses are being inducted in big number. These will be like ‘Shivshahi’ coaches, but without air-conditioning.
At present, over 600 ‘Shivshahi’ buses are on road and the number will go up to 1,200.


‘MSRTC won’t part with Mor Bhavan land’

Staff Reporter,

Diwakar Raote, Transport Minister, said that MSRTC would not give up its Mor Bhavan depot land in Nagpur city to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).


“MSRTC is also doing business and it needs that land to carry out its public transport business. There is no question of parting with this land,” he stressed, while replying to a question. According to him, MSRTC has already proposed to develop a Bus Port in Nagpur city. “Our plan is ready and we are waiting for the Chief Minister to see the presentation for further decision,” he added.


The proposed Bus Port at Nagpur is among 13 such ports to be developed by MSRTC in Maharashtra. The other locations of well-equipped modern bus ports include Panvel, Borivali, Pune, Solapur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Akola, and Nanded in the first phase, and Sangli, Dhule, Jalgaon, and Kolhapur in the second phase. All these ‘Bus Ports’ are proposed to have modern facilities including shopping centres, skywalk connecting to the nearest railway station, commercial complex, mini-theatres, separate gates for arrival and departure of vehicles, waiting rooms with electronic boards providing information about buses, food plaza, etc.