Patna: State-owned Bihar Road Transport
Corporation (BSRTC) has been in the red since 2001-02 and the
NDA government of Nitish Kumar had been unable to turnaround
its fortunes, Transport Minister Brishin Patel said on Tuesday.
BSRTC had incurred losses of Rs 31.26 crore (2001-02), Rs
30.53 crore (2002-03), Rs 34.53 crore (2003-04), Rs 19.81
crore (2004-05) and Rs 19.81 crore (2005-06) as per CAG audit
report, he told the state assembly.
It continued to bleed during the first two years of the
NDA government reporting losses of Rs 38.27 crores in 2006-07
and Rs 29.41 crores in 2007-08, Patel informed the house in
reply to a question by the BJP MLA Amrendra Pratap Singh
during the question hour.
BSRTC also faced problems on operational front with only
239 buses out of 414 being in good condition to ply on the
roads, he said adding a total 111 buses were totally out of
order and not worth repairing.
The minister said a number of measures have been taken
for revival of BSRTC, including repair of 100 buses for
operation and about 122 buses will hit the roads soon under
public: private participation.
A proposal for repair of another 64 buses was pending
for his consideration and approval and a decision will be
taken soon in the matter, he said.
The transport minister said the department officials have
been set a target of revenue collection of Rs 450 crore this
fiscal against which Rs. 232 crores have already been
collected so far.
The officials have been directed to draft a blue print
for setting up necessary infrastructure and other measures for
optimal utilization of the BRSTC service to realise revenue of
Rs 1000 crore to Rs 1200 crore, he added.