THE UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has suspended four employees including a senior station incharge (SSI) at the Shahajahanpur bus depot.
They were punished as one tank of diesel that was to be delivered was reported missing.Talking to HT about the issue, additional managing director DK Gupta said the matter was serious and the toughest departmental action would be taken against those found guilty after the inquiry.According to reports, an IOC tank with 12,000 liters of diesel left Banthara oil depot on July 26 to deliver the fuel to Shahajahanpur bus depot. The records at the bus-depot showed that the delivery was received only on paper.
The depot staff and the tanker driver are suspected to have disposed of the diesel worth over Rs 3 lakh.
The irregularity came to light when the UPSRTC sent the IOC bills to the Shahajahanpur bus depot for verification and one of the 13 bills was not verified. Zonal Manager, Bareilly, Yogendra Kumar who is conducting an inquiry into the case said it appeared to be case of fraud. He said four of the employees including an SSI Srikant were placed under suspension on the basis of preliminary inquiry.
Shatabdi buses to go off loss-making routes
THE UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has decided to withdraw its Shatabdi buses from some of loss-incurring routes. Among them are Kanpur-Varanasi and Kanpur-Agra routes.
A decision to this effect was taken at a review meeting presided over by Transport Minister Naresh Agrawal here on Friday.
During the meeting, it was found that the load factor (occupancy) of fully air-conditioned Shatabdi buses was so low that it was becoming economically unviable to ply them.
For example, the load factor on the Kanpur-Varanasi and the Kanpur-Agra routes was as low as 30-40 per cent.
The minister asked the officials to discontinue Shatabdi services on both the routes. The load factor was found to be low on the Mathura-Hardwar route, too, but a decision was taken to monitor it for some more days.
The service on this route had been launched recently.Agrawal directed officials to be businesslike in plying the Shatabdi buses. He said the corporation was spending Rs 1.20 crore on purchase of diesel every day.
He told the staff not to run empty buses and pay attention to the diesel average.