To provide quality transport service to the urban mass and also to link the tourist destinations of Kerala so as to avoid congestion in cities by avoiding use of own vehicles and prompting them to make use of public transport system.
Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) is formed vide GO(MS) No.50/2014/ From Dtd. 05/07/2014. The main objectives is to accelerate urban mobility for providing efficient, adequate, economical and properly coordinated system of Transport services.
Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) is formed to uplift the
city public transport system in the state of Kerala. During 2008 Govt.
Of India had formulated a scheme for funding to urban buses under the Jawaharlal
Nehru national Urban Renewal Mission with a concept that “Buses will change
the face of the city. Buses are great equalizer arrange the society and
the benefits of buses reach to all. It works as a great leveler and it
is the sustainable transport medium”. For conducting the service operation
and the up keeping of the buses allocated through the JnNURM scheme necessitated
a special purpose vehicle. Hence KURTC is formed as a subsidiary of KURTC
vide GO(MS) No.50/2014/Trans Dtd. 05/07/2014 as per the provision laid
under RTC Act 1950,Rule 17(A). The operation and maintenance of the buses
under the scheme are also managed by KURTC through the administrative setup
|Providing premium transportation throughout the state of Kerala|
|Dedicated employees to provide better service|
|Provide better safety features|
|Improved accessibility for passengers with disabilities|
|Adoption of cutting edge technology integrated with Intelligent Transport System|
|Safety as top priority|
The Government of India during 2008 has launched a scheme for providing funds to the State Governments / Road Transport Undertakings for purchase of Public Transport buses for plying in Urban areas and for their maintenance under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), based on the concept that Urban Transport is the key driver for social and economical development of our country and also to meet the requirements in respect of mobility of Urban population.
The scheme has been implemented by the Government of India in two phases. During the 1st phase of implementation, Government of India has provided 80% of the project cost. The Government of India has provided fund support for purchasing 320 Public Transport buses during the 1st phase. The 320 buses comprises of 80 A/C buses and 240 NON A/C buses, deployed in Thiruvananthapuram and Greater Cochin area. Accordingly, 50 A/C low floor buses and 120 non A/C low floor buses are plying in Greater Kochin area from 2009 onwards.
During the 2nd phase of the project, the Government of India has sanctioned 400 Public Transport buses, including 110 A/C low floor buses and 290 non A/C low floor buses, spread across twelve districts in the State of Kerala as 5 clusters. Apart from this, the Government of India provides fund for creation of infrastructure facilities for operation and maintenance of the buses provided under the scheme.
At the commencement of JnNURM phase - II KSRTC had submitted 5 detailed project report for the procurement of buses under this scheme by grouping the District headquarters cities except Thiruvanathapuram and Ernakulam in to five clusters as detailed.
|Cluster 1||Kozhikkode, Kalpetta,Malappuram|
|Cluster 2||Kottayam, Thodupuzha, Pathanamthitta|
|Cluster 3||Kannur, Kasargod|
|Cluster 5||Kollam, Alappuzha|
The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee ( CSMC ) of Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD ) had sanctioned 400 buses for the five clusters.as detailed.
|Cluster||400 mm A/C LE||900 mm SLE non A/C|
On completion of the scheme KURTC will have 720 low floor buses consisting 190 A/C Volvo and 530 non A/C buses.
Recently Government of India launched ATAL MISSION FOR REJUVENATION AND URBAN TRANSFORMATION (AMRUT) scheme aiming to reduce pollution in urban areas by switching over to public transport. KURTC will also avail the facility as envisage in the scheme.
The history of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation began whilst the
development of the transport industry it wasn't booming enough like today.
The Travancore State Transport Department was constituted by the erstwhile
Travancore Government with a view to reorganize the transport service of
the State.Mr E.G. Salter, Assistant, Operating Supdt of London Passenger
Transport Board was appointed as Supdt on 20.9.1937.
The State Motor Service was inaugurated by His Highness Sree Chithirathirunal Balarama Varma on 20.2.1938. His Highness and his kin were the first passengers of the inaugration trip and Mr. Salter was himself the driver to that bus. This bus along with the 33 other buses brought on road driving through the Kawdiar Square was seen to be a beautiful attraction.
Consequent on the enactment of Road Transports Corporation Act in 1950, Govt. of Kerala formulated KSRTC rules in 1965 by sec.44 and the department was converted into an autonomous corporation on 1.4.1965. The Kerala State road Transport Corporation was established by the government of Kerala by the notification dated, 15-3-1965. The arrangements required for the smooth taking over of the services run by the Kerala State Transport Department were made expeditiously by the Corporation. [...]