Instead of having optimistic approach to come over financial crisis, the laid-back attitude of the cash-strapped Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) management has been inflicting further damage on itself by delaying the renewal of contracts for kilometer (km) scheme buses.
For the past one month, the PRTC has been bearing a revenue loss of Rs 5.71 lakh per day.
As many as 49 buses under the scheme, which cove approximately 19,600km on a daily basis across the state, are off road for the past one month.
As per information, nearly 248 buses were plying under the scheme on contract basis last year, which have now been reduced to 199 as the contract of 49 buses expired last month.
As per officials, on an average, a bus under the scheme covers nearly 400 km daily and collects an amount of `29.16 per kilometer, as a cash receipt of a bus shows.
Sources claimed it was a gross negligence on the part of the PRTC management as despite being aware of the expiry dates of the contracts it did nothing in this direction to avoid the revenue loss.
“It was the duty of the management to start a process of allotting the contract for buses much before the contract ends, as the process of issuing new contracts as per the new norms will take at least two months to finalise the formalities,” source said.
PRTC managing director Rajeev Prashar, said: “I am not sure about the number of buses but, definitely, the contract of some of the buses have been expired and the contracts are yet to be given according to the new norms.”
“There have been some loopholes in the previous contracts and we are drafting a new contract to restart these buses,” he said.
Prashar admitted that the delay was resulting in revenue loss to the PRTC, while commuters were suffering too.
He claimed that within two months, after finalising the terms and conditions of the new contract, the PRTC would restart these buses.
He, however, refused to divulge changes incorporated in the fresh contract.