Mangaluru, Apr 26, 2015: KSRTC - Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation complains of the revenue loss being caused by clandestine operation of private buses, it should be seen that it is due to KSRTC’s lean services on nationalised routes that gave way for private operators. Before the government relaxed the ban on contract carriage buses in 2005, hundreds of private taxis and jeeps were ferrying passengers between Mangaluru and the neighbouring towns—Bantwal, Uppinangady and Puttur, on nationalised routes. Passengers were jam packed in these cabs with least regard to safety.
The contract carriage buses caused taxis and jeeps to come to a full stop on the routes, said a resident of Puttur. If KSRTC had sufficiently catered to the needs taxis nor contract carriages would have existed now, he added. The KSRTC appears not yet to have learned a lesson the proof is the recent passenger unrest in B.C. Road where KSRTC failed to operate enough buses to Dharmasthala.
Same is the case with private buses with All India Tourist Omni Bus permits, which operate on the nationalised route between Mangaluru and Bengaluru. Only when these private buses deployed improvised coaches, KSRTC was forced to improve its coaches. Had it been KSRTC’s monopoly, improved coaches would not have materialised. It seems that both things have positive and negative fall out.