The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has directed all its divisions to collect Rs 1 for a ticket priced over Rs 100 towards the accident relief fund.
Although, this rule came into force in 2008, many divisions, including Bangalore and Mysore were not collecting Rs 1 per passenger.
“This came to my notice during the recent review meeting of all divisional controllers. So, I have instructed them to strictly collect Rs 1 from each passenger for ticket priced over Rs 100,” said KSRTC managing director N Manjunatha Prasad.
He told Express that every year, the corporation pays around Rs 30 to 40 crore towards settlement of motor vehicles accident claims
Besides, Rs 2.5 lakh is paid as compensation if a person travelling in state transport corporation dies in mishap.
Injured persons are also given compensation ranging from Rs 25,000 to 50,000 depending upon nature of injuries. The money collected from the accident relief fund is not big as it has been made compulsory only for tickets above `100.
Prasad said following strict instruction from the head office, divisional controllers have now advised their staff to collect Rs 1.
It is being collected in all divisions across the state. The money collected would be distributed among accident victims, he said .
Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said it is not a new rule as it has been there since 2008.
The purpose of creating this fund is to distribute compensation to accident victims.
“I will instruct officials to put up boards at all ticket issuing counters about the collection of Rs 1 towards accident relief fund across the state.