Study to replace low-floor bus with Thirukochi

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In an effort to make the services on the Vyttila-Vyttila (circular) route profitable, the KSRTC is conducting a feasibility study on the viability of running Thirukochi buses in place of semi-low floor buses on the route. As per the schedule, six semi-low floor buses operate on the route on a half-hourly basis. However, the low income generated by the services has been a concern for quite some time. “The income from the semi-low floor buses operating on the Vyttila circular route is not enough to cover even the diesel cost.

The service is not popular among the public as the ticket cost is double per running slot when compared to an ordinary KSRTC service. Hence, we have swapped the routes of two Thirukochi buses with two semi-low floor buses to see how they both fare. Since the experiment is barely a week old, we are yet to reach any conclusions.

But so far, both the Thirukochi and the semi-low floor buses (that swapped routes) seem to be making good progress,” said Assistant Transport Officer (ATO), P K Satheesh Kumar. “If the experiment yields positive results and there is a significant increase in the income of both the services (Thirukochi and semi-low floor), the KSRTC will think of making it a permanent affair,” he said.

Meanwhile, the KSRTC is yet to receive six more semi-low floor buses meant to be deployed on the Vyttila circular route under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. With that, the KSRTC was planning to regularise the services on a 15-minute frequency.

Source: Express Buzz


  1. The low floors (AC and non AC) are of no use for the public as most of the fare stage the bus catch is of Rs.6 which is Rs.9 in low floor non AC( and private buses are there in a maximum time gap of 5 mins ). So its better to run Thirukochi in this route and put the low floor in some busy routes like edapilly – vytilla. A good idea is to run circular buses in the route edapilly – pipeline-vytilla (mobility hub) – south – menaka/padma(enters KSRTC stand) – kaloor – palarivattom – edapilly.Many a people find it difficult to reach ernakulam city from mobility hub. Also the edapilly vytilla route demands some ordinary service(now the whole buses are LSOrd).Another good route is edapilly -eramallor but Jnnurm buses are now entitled for services in EKM district only and the route becomes invalid for it

  2. KSRTC should have done it long back. As such, Kochiites have no fancy for those semi Low Floor buses, whereas such buses have huge patronage in TVM. They should have exchanged the non a/c buses for Volvos from TVM, right at the beginning. Instead they insisted on going by the book.
    Vyttila – Vyttila non a/c buses were running practically empty. Even though the minimum charge is Rs. 5/- for both non a/c & ordinary, fares start to climb from next stage onwards. While ordinary bus charges Rs. 5/- from Vyttila to Menaka, semi low floors charge Rs. 7 for same distance. Upto Kaloor, the fares are Rs. 6 & Rs. 9 respectively. As short distance travellers(who pay Rs. 5/- or Rs. 6/-) are the main patrons of these services, they will naturally find the fare gap quite unacceptable.
    Now that KSRTC has atleast thought of replacing SLF buses with ‘Thiru Kochi’, they can start thinking of competing with private buses in the circular route. They should rather shunt those SLF buses to monopoly routes like say High Court – Container Road – Aluva – Ankamali, so that people will use them as they have no alternative!!

  3. There was no use of low floor non AC bus in circular route because
    *The charge is more than the thirukochi/private bus.
    *Its lengthy body suffer very much to move in narrow road
    *It cause traffic jam in its route.
    So it is better to replace low floor non AC with thiru circular route.
    Lowfloor Non AC and AC are suitable for long route wide roads.
    Lowfloor Non AC can be made profittable by reducing its ticket charge to the rate of thirucochi.Then only people will enter it.


  4. Low floor buses meant for Ernakulam are pushed into service in eastern sectors. most of these buses are running to Muvattupuzha and Perumbavoor,Kothamangalam. the non-ac buses are having good patronage in Muvattupuzha-Ernakulam route as well as other rural services ran from Muvattupuzha depot to places like Kaloor(near thodupuzha),Pandappilly etc.
    although not as successful, Perumbavoor depot also are operating these buses fine. I always wondered these buses are running empty in Ernakulam city areas! while these buses gets some patronage in fortkochi-muvattupuzha like new routes.
    Imo, these Buses uses a Leyland automobiles(British) .400 engine(from 1950s vintage) derived rear engine system which failed in the late 1960s in London city services. fuel efficiency is 2-3kmpl is this true?

  5. One problem I find in SLF buses is the heat inside the bus because of the window shutter design. In stead of the sliding type, the up and down movement if provided, there will be more air flow. Since the buses in city move very slow, the wind flow inside the bus is low. KSRTC should give more attention to the details which give comfort to the passengers.

    Such buses are already in use in Tamil Nadu. The reason for this change is the heat inside the buses.

  6. Rajadhani circular busese can be used to run in Vyttila – Vyttila route , so can be able to avoid long route buses entering Kochi City. It will help to reduce traffic jam in Kochi City.

    All long route buses (FP,SFP,SEx,SDel….) except those to Ernakulam should run via byepass and Vyttila hub