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When it comes to utilising the available capacity and pushing further multimodal transportation, the government of India is taking multiple steps for facilitating more efficient transportation of goods across the country. In a similar manner, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has begun a courier and logistics service to deliver consignments anywhere in Kerala and a few cities outside the state in 16 hours.
The service, in its first phase, will work with a network of 55 KSRTC depots, as well as some depots in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Tenkasi, Coimbatore and Nagercoil. In the later stages, the state transport organisation plans to onboard franchises on a PPP model. While most depots will be operational from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, there will be 15 depots that will work 24×7 in cities and near national highways.
Charges for the KSRTC courier services are as mentioned below –
INR 30 for 25 gm parcel within 200 km
INR 35 for 50 gm parcel
INR 45 for 75 gm parcel
INR 50 for 100 gm parcel
INR 55 for 250 gm parcel
INR 65 for 500 gm parcel
INR 70 for 1 kg parcel
The charge is also fixed by dividing the distance into five slabs – 200 km, 400 km, 600 km, 800 km, and above 800 km.
The consignments to be sent by courier should be produced at the front office of the depots with the correct address. Both the sender and the recipient of the parcel will receive updates as messages. The consignee should reach the respective depot to receive the parcel with valid identity proof. If the courier is not received within three days, a fine will be charged.