KTCL while inducting five new high-tech buses into its fleet, announced that shortly it will be introducing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) run buses which are eco-friendly. KTCL Managing Director Venancio Furtado made this announcement at the function held to celebrate 30 years of the corporation.
He said that besides helping curb pollution, the new CNG buses will also be cost effective with regards to fuel consumption and added that government support for this venture will be crucial.
KTCL Chairman Deepak Dhawalikar addressing the gathering announced a hike in the wages of the 60 odd drivers and conductors working on temporary basis who are presently on a hunger strike. Their wages have been increased from Rs 157 per day to Rs 347 per day and will be effective from 1st December 2010.
He revealed that the proposal to regularize their services is pending with the government for its approval and assured that within a month it will be resolved.
The five new buses inducted are sponsored under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme and are painted in an attractive blue colour that is different from the regular KTCL buses.
They have two openings to facilitate easy entry and exit for passengers besides they have General Packet Radio Service and Global Positioning System installed in them. These 42 seat buses have the seats designed differently and offers more aisle space to carry standing passengers.
Founder of KTCL and Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Pratapsing Rane inaugurated the new buses.