To curb pilferage by the bus conductors and to increase revenue, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) which plies city buses has launched a major drive to catch ticketless passengers. The drive was launched on Monday all over the city and special teams have been formed.
Following the footsteps of Bengaluru Mahanagara Transport Corporation (BMTC) that conducts such drives regularly, KSRTC authorities have launched the drive with twin agenda -to penalise ticketless travellers and at the same time increase revenue.
“We are fed up with ticketless travellers and we want to bring them on track. In Bengaluru, my colleagues tell me that within one hour, more than 7,000 ticketless travellers are caught whenever the drive is launched,” said Prakash, a KSRTC official, who is leading the drive.
“As per orders from our higher authorities, we have made 13 teams to cover the important areas and where people depend on bus service,” he said. Each team has two persons. Passengers and ticket vending hand-held devices would be checked.
Each day, the KSRTC operates hundreds of trips to and fro the city bus stand and reach the nook and corner of the city. “During a couple of random checks, we found that every bus route has at least two to three ticketless trav¬ellers and these include women. That’s why we have launched this drive, in a way that will create awareness too,” Prakash explained.
On Monday, the drive was launched at the City Bus Stand and buses proceeding to and fro Ramaswamy Circle, Ramaswamy Circle, City Railway Station Junction, Agrahara Junction, R-Gate, Gun House Kuvempun¬agar Apollo Hospital Junction, areas of N R Mohalla were checked.
Along with tickets, passes too are being checked. Ticketless passengers are expected to pay penalty under Section 178 of MV act 1988. The amount of penalty is levied from the originating point to the point where traveler without ticket or pass was caught to the extent of 10 times of ticket fare or As 500/- whichever is less.