JKSRTC to auction discarded vehicles to renew fleet

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) will be auctioning its discarded vehicles and purchase new ones instead besides working to retrieve its assets given on lease or rent and develop them on commercial lines to improve its revenue.
This was decided Monday, during the 73rd meeting of the Board of Directors of Corporation that was held under the Chairmanship of Minister for Transport, Abdul Ghani Kohli.
It was also decided that the drivers and conductors shall be entitled under for medical claims in case of accidents outside the State.
Kohli asked the concerned to work with dedication and zeal to make the corporation financially healthy.
He called for taking steps to bring back the assets of Corporation given on lease or rent and develop them on commercial lines to improve the revenue of the Corporation.
The Board decided that all the condemned vehicles of the Corporation should be auctioned and the amount realized on this account should be utilized for purchase of new vehicles.
The Minister said that the Corporation is the largest transportation body which is providing transportation facilities to the people in the State, besides providing connectivity to the Northern States of the Country.
He said that the Corporation besides provided services to over 46 lakh passengers during last year.
It also provided services by way of carrying food grains and other essential commodities and materials to various parts of the state by lifting 50.21 lakh quintals of goods, the Minister added.
The Board decided that abolished post of Deputy Financial Advisor will be re-established in the Corporation. It has also enhanced the ceiling of DPC-II for purchase of Spare parts.
The Board also approved up-gradation of Workshops of the Corporation.
In the meeting detailed discussion were also held on the Action Taken Reports of decisions taken in 71st and 72nd meeting of the Board of Directors.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary Transport Kifayat Hussain Razvi, Director General (Budget), Finance Department Mohammad Ishaq, Managing Director JKSRTC G. A. Sofi, Administrative Secretary, Planning and Development Department, Joint Transport Commissioner Narinder Singh and other senior officers of JKSRTC and Motor Vehicle Department.