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KTC sees drastic drop in passenger count as public prefer own vehicles in Goa

PANAJI: Owing to the rising quantity Covid-19 circumstances, folks prefer to not journey by public transport and the Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTC) is feeling the hit.

The buses that are purported to run at 50% capability are working with solely 25% passenger energy, KTC officers said.

For one individuals are starting to heed the keep at dwelling advisory and people who have to maneuver out are opting to journey by their private vehicles, the officers said.

“People are not getting out much these days. On an average we have ten passengers in each bus. This is only in the peak hours. During the rest of the day, we see fewer passengers. On Saturdays, the number is even lesser since there aren’t any government officials commuting,” KTC managing director, Venancio Furtado said.

Only 175 to 180 buses have been operating every day, he said. Prior to the lockdown, KTC would function as much as 350 buses, lots of which had been on the interstate route.

The bus service was opened for every day use after authorities workers resumed work after weeks under lockdown. As extra restrictions began being lifted in Goa, the bus service regularly started permitting basic passengers aboard as properly. Even after nearly a month of doing so, the KTC is still operating at lower than 50% of its fleet.

“We are operating the buses only on routes where there is a demand ever since the use of public transport reduced drastically due to Covid19. We are just operating at 25% of the capacity as a result,” KTC basic supervisor, Sanjay Ghate said.

Though there may be poor response on this entrance, the KTC buses discover themselves engaged on the frontline to ferry passengers from the Goa airport to their respective cities in the neighbouring states.

“We must make do with whatever resources we have. The drivers and conductors have been reporting to duty and they are given the task as per availability,” Furtado additional said.

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