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Tamil Nadu to operate small buses without conductors

July 03,2018  

Tamil Nadu to operate small buses without conductors
After long routes, Tamil Nadu is exploring the possibility of operating small buses in the city without conductors to reduce losses........

CHENNAI: After long routes, Tamil Nadu is exploring the possibility of operating small buses in the city without conductors to reduce losses.

"As part of the ongoing efforts to reduce expenses, we are currently looking at two options. One is to operate buses without conductors along routes in which there are not many stops and the other is to operate small buses without conductors," a senior official from the state transport department said.

In 2013, 200 small buses were launched and became an instant hit as they conveniently moved in lanes and by-lanes despite traffic jams. However, the frequency of these buses was reduced in routes along Kolathur, Nanganallur and Ayanavaram recently.

Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) authorities attributed this drop to increase in operational and maintenance cost and drop in revenue.

"Even if these buses are operated on full capacity, a bus can earn only up to 4,000- 5,000 per day. But we have to spend almost twice the amount. So at the end of the day, we face a loss of at least 10 per km," said a MTC official. The government cutting diesel subsidy despite the hike in fuel price adds to the increasing losses.

"We need to deploy at least four staff (two drivers and two conductors) to run the bus for two full shifts every day. This would cost at least 4,000. With no conductors, this expense would be cut by half," the official added.