Major axes of public transport to be nationalized: Sawant
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday that his government was working on a plan to nationalize all major public transport lines in the state, which would also board privately operated buses with the Kadamba Transport Corporation ( KTC).
Sawant said the plan envisions devising a formula whereby private buses from the existing public transportation system would be brought on board along with KTC buses to operate on those routes which will be nationalized.
Currently, only a few city-to-city routes are nationalized and only KTC buses operate them.
The Chief Minister said the plan aims to increase efficiency and improve the quality of public bus transport services, which will also help improve the profitability of KTC’s operations as well as the private sector.
“This process will be completed by the next Dussehra,” Sawant said.
The chief minister was speaking at the event held at the KTC headquarters in Panaji to celebrate the state-owned company’s 42nd anniversary.
He commended the services rendered for 42 years by the KTC in meeting the daily travel needs of the people residing in the rural areas of Goa.
“As far as KTC is concerned, the government does not care much about the profit or loss it makes. It has served the rural areas of Goa like Valpoi, Sattari, Sanguem and Quepem well,” Sawant said.
The Chief Minister also paid tribute to the KTC staff who he said played an important role in delivering the services.
KTC staff should not worry about a possible retrenchment due to the arrival of electric buses in the fleet.
“There will be no layoffs. Existing staff will be accommodated. Efforts are also underway to make KTC profitable,” he said.
The nationalization of public bus transport routes was a process that began in the late 1990s, when major city-to-city routes were assigned exclusively to the KTC. These services have become popular among daily commuters and are colloquially referred to as “KTC shuttle services”.
The KTC operates these “shuttle” services on the Panaji-Margao, Panaji-Vasco, Panaji-Ponda, Panaji-Mapusa and Margao-Vasco routes.