KSRTC proposes to lease vacant stores in its buildings to government-run beverage company
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Saturday offered to lease vacant stores in its buildings across the state to the government company Beverages.
The suggestion was put forward by KSRTC MD Biju Prabhakar after considering the fact that there were many vacant stores and rooms in company-owned bus depots across the state.
The state-run KSRTC had previously offered all government departments to rent out its vacant stores and rooms at its statewide premises. Previously, the Kerala High Court had asked the government to organize better facilities for those who wish to purchase alcohol. The court ruling came after taking note of the serpentine line outside Bevco outlets.
Transport Minister Antony Raju said anyone can operate from the KSRTC buildings as long as it is a legal business and ready to give the company rent.
Many KSRTC-owned stores are closed for many years because there is no one to rent them. Many government offices currently operate from private establishments and pay huge rent. Thus, all legal establishments can be authorized to operate from vacant stores in the buildings of the KSRTC. We have informed all government departments of the vacant rooms, ”Raju told the media.
Allaying concern over the opening of Bevco outlets in KSRTC buildings where the public regularly visits, Raju said that no one can consume alcohol inside the bus station and that he It is already not allowed to consume alcohol near Bevco outlets as well. “So that won’t be a problem,” he said.
However, the Kerala Cathollic Bishops Council (KCBC) opposed the proposal and said it would further affect the prospects of the KSRTC as people will avoid the bus stop.
Sources from the Beverages Company told PTI that the proposal was viable, as many of its outlets are currently operating in private buildings paying huge rent and that rent will now go to the KSRTC.
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