60 SRTC buses damaged during Lok Sabha polls

Greater Kashmir

Jammu, May 23: Financially-ill, Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) has suffered further setback as around 60 buses of the Corporation were damaged in the Kashmir during 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that the buses were damaged in the stone pelting during anti- election protests that rocked Kashmir during polling for elections. The buses were engaged for transporting the polling staff and other works related to elections.
“Out of the total damaged buses, majority was of Kashmir division, while about one third of Jammu division,” they said.
Sources added that few buses have been refurbished and put back on concerned routes, while badly damaged vehicles were still being repaired at mechanical workshops of STRC.
The actual loss on account of damages, sources said, would run in several lakhs per day as the bodies of many buses required rebuilt which would take many days.
“One can roughly assess the loss as the front windshields of all the buses, costing Rs 10,000 a piece, have been broken in stone pelting,” a senior official, wishing not to be named, said.
Confirming that the buses were damaged in electioneering process, General Manager (Ops/TSD), Suhail Ahmad Khan, said that the assessment of losses has been started and they were gathering information from all the areas. He added that it would take three to four days to finalize the assessment.