No RTC buses be­tween TS, AP for Dasara

Squab­ble be­tween states over trips forces peo­ple to shell out more for travel

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - MD ILYAS | DC

The ab­sence of RTC buses be­tween the two Tel­ugu states is pre­vent­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple from re­turn­ing to their homes in Andhra Pradesh for Dasara.

Ev­ery year, the RTCs of Te­lan­gana state and Andhra Pradesh op­er­ate ex­tra buses, nearly 3,000, dur­ing Dasara to meet the de­mand. The buses are packed to ca­pac­ity and the

RTCs levy spe­cial fares.

This year, the RTCs of the two states that stopped bus ser­vices dur­ing the lock­down have not re­sumed them due to a dis­pute over op­er­at­ing equal num­ber of ser­vices.

The APSRTC is op­er­at­ing 1,850 spe­cial buses to var­i­ous places within AP and Kar­nataka, but Te­lan­gana state is not in its plans.

Ear­lier, 781 APSRTC buses used to ply on 81 routes to Te­lan­gana state ev­ery day and nearly 500

TSRTC buses used to run on 21 routes to Andhra Pradesh. APSRTC buses used to cover 2.60 lakh km and TSRTC buses 1.60 lakh km.

The Te­lan­gana state gov­ern­ment has been de­mand­ing that APSRTC run its buses on par with TSRTC but the AP gov­ern­ment has not agreed. Sev­eral rounds of talks to re­solve the is­sue have failed.

The ab­sence of di­rect buses to Hy­der­abad from AP is forc­ing peo­ple to take pri­vate buses which are charg­ing huge fares. Oth­ers are tak­ing buses to the near­est point where they can ac­cess RTC ser­vices of the other state, and tak­ing au­torick­shaws to cover the dis­tance.

Pri­vate em­ploy­ees D. Ra­makr­ishna and K. Venu of Vijayawada who were head­ing for Hy­der­abad took an APSRTC ser­vice to Jag­ga­iah­pet. They trav­elled 20 km to Ko­dad, from where they took a TSRTC ser­vice to Hy­der­abad.

Of­fi­cials said that APSRTC had pro­posed to op­er­ate buses for 70,000 km on an ad hoc ba­sis but there was no re­sponse from TSRTC to run buses. APSRTC ED, op­er­a­tions, K. S. Brah­mananda Reddy, said that ne­go­ti­a­tions on op­er­at­ing bus ser­vices be­tween the two RTCs were yet not com­plete.

● EV­ERY YEAR, the RTCs of Te­lan­gana state and Andhra Pradesh op­er­ate ex­tra buses, nearly 3,000, dur­ing Dasara to meet the de­mand. The buses are packed to ca­pac­ity and the RTCs levy spe­cial fares.

● THIS YEAR, the RTCs of the two states that stopped bus ser­vices dur­ing the lock­down have not re­sumed them due to a dis­pute over op­er­at­ing equal num­ber of ser­vices.

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