The operations of KSRTC came to a standstill as Covid affected the employees en masse and the depots were closed. As the number of services dwindled to less than a thousand, revenue fell by a fifth. The lives of Empanel employees were also in distress due to the non-availability of duty. Out of the total 93 depots, 25 were closed. Twenty of them are in Thiruvananthapuram. The Aluva and Thiruvananthapuram Central workshops were also closed. In KSRTC, which has about 4,000 buses, only 962 ran on Monday. Forty-eight lakh rupees instead of six crore revenue. That much money will have to be transferred to diesel pumps. He got Rs 21 per km. On Tuesday, it fell to Rs 19.
Even if there is no income, the salaries of the permanent employees will not be affected as the government assistance is received regularly. But the temporary staff suffered. If the proposal was to pay the full salary during the lockdown, the decision was made to pay the current duty. With the number of schedules reduced by one-fifth, they lost their jobs. With the decision to pay salaries as per the duty, only Rs 4 crore out of the Rs 6 crore sanctioned by the government last month remained. With this money, KSRTC paid the amount taken from the salaries of the permanent employees in the previous loan repayment to various financial institutions.