121 RTC Drivers Receive Awards for Maintaining Healthy KMPL
By Express News Service | Published: 01st February 2014 08:55 AM |
Recognising the drivers of APSRTC who contributed to conservation of fuel by maintaining a healthy Kilometer Per Litre (KMPL) rate, awards were presented to drivers from various zones of the state on Friday.
A total of 121 best drivers, five from each region with maximum saving of HSD Oil/CNG during 2012-13 were presented with a memento and a certificate of merit at ‘Best KMPL Awards Function’ organised by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited at APSRTC Kala Bhavan. Drivers who maintained more than 6.00 KMPL of oil were felicitated. Apart from them, mechanics and other staff were also presented with awards on the occasion.
To encourage employees to save fuel, cash incentives are given on monthly basis. Besides this, training is also given to the drivers using simulation fuel conservation machine by safety driving inspectors at all depots who explain how much fuel will be wasted because of faulty driving practices. ‘’By following the instructions, a driver can save around 5 out of 30 litres of fuel easily. This training is given to around 15 drivers in a day,” said a safety driving inspector.
Transport minister Botcha Satyanarayana, chief guest of the event, who presented mementos to the drivers suggested that in the future such functions need to be held at zonal level rather than at Hyderabad alone so that other APSRTC personnel will understand the importance of fuel conservation.
He added that in the last year, two protests took place in Telangana and Seemandhra region. ‘’Whenever people talk about protests, they point out the losses. However during the period of protests, people opt for alternative transport services. So after protests end, it takes around five months to retain the occupancy rate. This situation affects employees also,” said Botcha and added that there is a necessity for employees to fullfil their duties. ‘’There is a need to protect the corporation, even government will do its share,” he said.