APSRTC runs 18000 services to Telangana in October

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has operated more than 15,000 regular and nearly 3,000 additional services to clear the rush to Telangana districts, in the last one month, during which the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees were on strike.

About 48,000 TSRTC employees went on strike since October 5, just two days ahead of the Dasara festival, demanding that the government solve their 45 demands, including merger of the corporation with the government.

The talks held between the TSRTC Joint Action Committee (JAC) and the government before and during the strike period have failed, and the employees are continuing to abstain from duties.

Counters closed

The TSRTC was operating buses to different destinations in Andhra Pradesh including Vijayawada, Tirupati, Guntur, East and West Godavari and other districts. Due to the strike, a majority of the TSRTC services have been suspended causing inconvenience to passengers.

The Reservation and Enquiry Counters of TSRTC, located in A.P., remained closed for the last one month owing to the strike. The Telangana government, however, has been operating buses to some places in A.P.

On the other hand, the APSRTC is operating about 360 buses to Hyderabad and its surrounding places regularly and about 100 services are being operated to Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Bhadradri Kothagudem and other districts.

High demand

“Hyderabad is one of the high demand routes for APSRTC. Many techies from Kakinada, Rajamahendravaram, Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari and other districts are working in the IT companies in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. They prefer to visit their native places to celebrate festivals,” said an APSRTC officer.

“During Dasara and Deepavali festivals passengers faced a lot of trouble due to the TSRTC strike. As some thousands of passengers were stranded in bus stations, the APSRTC has operated more than 3,000 additional services to Hyderabad and other districts in Telangana to clear the rush,” the officer said.

The APSRTC employees’ unions were extending support to the TSRTC’s month-long strike, and they even staged demonstrations. But there was no resentment among the TSRTC employees to the APSRTC buses operating in Telangana districts, the officials said.

“APSRTC is operating buses to Telangana districts as per demand. We are ready to run more buses in the demand routes,” the APSRTC officials said.

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