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ASTC move to boost revenue

Jorhat, Nov. 28: The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) will open a commercial tyre-re-treading unit at its workshop near the Inter-State Bus Terminus in Jorhat to boost its earnings.

This proposed initiative is part of the steps planned by the ASTC, Upper Assam region.

Its managing director, K.N. Chetia, in a recent directive, asked all 10 divisions in the state to increase earnings and be self-sufficient so that they could pay the salaries of the employees themselves.

The directive said, “The gap between earning and expenditure was widening because of an increase in establishment costs and in input prices like diesel and spare costs. Therefore, an endeavour should be made by the divisions to meet the expenditures through their own earnings.”

The state-owned PSU has decided that the salaries of the employees and the employers’ share of contribution towards EPF (Employee Provident Fund) have to be paid from the earnings of the division, the letter said.

ASTC regional manager (Upper Assam) Nirendra Nath Acharjee told The Telegraph here today that the corporation would set up a modem tyre re-treading unit at its workshop at Kotoky Pukhuri to shore up revenue.

He said ASTC already has a tyre-retreading unit at the workshop to attend to its fleet of buses.

Hence, the idea of setting up a modern unit to offer service to vehicles outside ASTC had come up.

Acharjee said a proposal to install the machinery, estimated at Rs 5 lakh, was submitted to the management and it had agreed.

The regional manager said the unit would be run by the same staff allotted to the existing retreading unit.

It will have the capacity to retread nearly nine tyres a day.

“We hope by running the unit we can earn a reasonable amount,” Acharjee said.

He said drivers in the region were being trained at the respective workshops to increase fuel efficiency in the past few months.

Most of the buses were running at 4km per hour after the earlier rate of 3.5km per hour. At present, there are 202 buses running under the Upper Assam region, spread over three divisions having 33 ASTC stations.

The official said among 202 buses, 59 new have been added to the region during this calendar year so far.

Acharjee said vigilance activity has been increased in recent times to crack down on passengers travelling without tickets.

Officers have been deputed for the purpose.

He said a proposal has been sent to Tata Motors to set up a modern driving school on the ISBT campus, where the ASTC has been ruining a two-year course on motor mechanics, along with a yearlong basic training on the same subject since 2010.

A high-level team from Tata Motors had visited the ISBT here sometime ago and shown great interest to start the school.

“The delegation had asked us to send a formal proposal through our management, which has been sent and we are awaiting the response,” Acharjee said.


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