Meanwhile, the government has issued a notification announcing concessions for KSRTC Benz luxury buses. Contract carriage vehicles are exempted from the prescribed color code. The bus has a dark chocolate color design with golden lines. Kerala Tourism’s tag line ‘God’s Own Land’ is also given on the outside of the bus.
The 25-passenger type bus is also equipped with great luxury facilities. The seat in the front row can be turned 180 degrees. Apart from that, it is possible to get power connection from outside to use split AC during stoppage. Concessions are given on the basis of recommendation given by KSRTC MD.
The notification issued by the Transport Secretary also states that the bus purchased by KSRTC for the Ministers will be used for tourism purposes.
The body of this bus is manufactured by SM Kannappa Automobiles Pvt. Ltd. known as Prakash in Bengaluru. Apart from a separate room for the Chief Minister, there are separate seats for each minister, bio-toilet, fridge, facilities for the Chief Minister to sit next to the driver and to address the people.
A fund of Rs.1 crore and five lakh has been allocated for the bus with luxury facilities. Opposition parties have also come forward accusing the government of being wasteful. However, Transport Minister Antony Raju argued that the cost will be reduced by replacing their own vehicles and traveling in special buses.
However, CPM State Secretary MV Govindan responded to the bus controversy saying that it is not a luxury bus, no one will take it after the event, it is being used as Kerala’s property and it will not add value to it.
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