KSRTC controversy: MD Biju Prabhakar reiterates decision to go ahead with K-SWIFT project

The unions said that they will not accept the move to lease land owned by KSRTC
KSRTC controversy: MD Biju Prabhakar reiterates decision to go ahead with K-SWIFT project

KSRTC MD Biju Prabhakar said that he would go ahead with the revamping project, K-SWIFT, and rejected the union’s opposition in this matter. After attending the discussions with trade unions, he reiterated that they would not stop the project. However, according to the unions, there should not be another company parallel to KSRTC.

Moreover, they said that they will not accept the move to lease land owned by KSRTC. The MD has stated that he will inform the government about the union’s opposition.

On Sunday, the MD had said that some conspiratorial groups were behind the spread of misconceptions. He said, “I am not in a war with the employees and they are the first priority.” He further said that he had criticised some of the people who were happy with the relocation of some employees from Kasargod to Pappanamkode in Thiruvananthapuram and would not take back his statements.

Meanwhile, the Transport Department has approved the report submitted by Prabhakar for the complete makeover at the helm of the KSRTC management. The move includes offering voluntary retirement to the executive directors and providing expert training to those who wish to continue. A revamped top management team will be constituted by hiring experts. The remodelling procedures will be completely based on recommendations made by Sushil Khanna report.

According to reports, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has earlier instructed the KSRTC MD to avoid making any controversial remarks. However, the CM has extended his support to the reform process.

The MD had earlier claimed that the corporation would get financial help only by forming the online clearance mechanism SWIFT (Single Window Interface for Fast and Transparent Clearance). Biju envisages the mechanism to help long-distance travelling, and it would dissolve with KSRTC after a decade. KSRTC SWIFT is a new company focussing on long-distance travelling, and KIIFB has allotted Rs 359 crore for buying new buses for the same. The company will procure 310 CNG, 100 Diesel, 50 Electric, 190 KURTC, and 237 more buses including Scania Volvo.

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