December 21, 2015 1:52:27 am
After incurring losses since the beginning of its operations, Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL), which runs the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the city in dedicated corridors, has now decided to arrest the trend. It has decided to rent out space for selling tea and soft drinks at two select stations as part of a pilot project. AJL is already giving its space at BRTS stops on rent to install ATM machines of a nationalised bank.
The pilot project involves setting up a soft drink spot at Maninagar station, the contract for which has been awarded to a soft drink company initially for free for six months. This facility has been running for about a fortnight now and officials say it is getting good response from commuters. Nehrunagar on Satellite R’oad is another spot where AJL intends to start tea-vending facility.
AJL general manager Deepak Trivedi said the company was toying with the idea for quite some time as to how to increase the utility of bus stations with a view to offer more facilities to commuters. AJL is currently making loss of around Rs one lakh per day even after cutting corners on overhead costs like reducing the number of guards at bus stations. In view of this, additional revenue source, when run on full scale, should help keep losses under control.
Trivedi said that the AJL decision of letting bank install Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) at AJL bus stations had become a hit with those travelling with busy work schedules. The nationalised bank in question has set up six ATMs at strategic bus stations where they are getting good response from commuting public. “Now, we are increasing the number of ATMs at bus stations from six to 17,” said an AJL official. “
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