Friday, January 8, 2016
Online with private operators, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) hiked 50 per cent of the existing fare for RTC special buses.
The special fare will be applicable to those bus services kept on line. APSRTC vice-chairman and Managing Director Sambasiva Rao said that they were collecting Rs.1,185 for Garuda service form Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad while private operators are charging Rs.3,000. Defending the hike, he said that the service during its return journey will come empty and that is the reason for collecting additional fare, he said.
700 special bus services to Vijayawada
APSRTC announced that it would operate 700 bus services to Vijayawada, 270 for East Godavari, 195 for West Godavari, 108 for Visakhapatnam, 225 for Guntur, 430 for Ongole, 195 for Nellore, 85 for Chittoor, 105 for Kadapa, 80 for Anantapur and 305 services to Kurnool. Sambasiva Rao said that 2,698 special services will be operated for Sankranti festival. These services are in addition to the regular 486 bus services. He said that another 1,200 buses were kept under reservation category online.
Reduces Rs.160 crore loss:: The RTC MD said that they could reduce the loss to the organization by Rs.160 crore . RTC is paying Rs.45 crore towards salaries and is getting Rs.25 crore due to hike in fares and Rs.20 crore due to fall in diesel prices, he said.