Pumped up with a good response from commuters for the Indra air-conditioned buses, the APSRTC is planning to add 50 more Indra buses to the fleet very shortly.
These buses were introduced in last October, targeting the middle income group commuters who wish to travel in air-conditioned buses at affordable fares. Presently, 98 Indra buses are being operated on routes connecting the capital city to different district headquarters.
There has been good response from commuters of these buses across the State with the seat occupancy ratio hovering around 85 per cent. The introduction of 50 more buses is also ideal as the summer season has just arrived. Already, orders have been placed to the manufacturers and if things go as planned, the new buses would arrive soon, said a senior RTC official.
Costing over Rs.30 lakh each, these buses offer comfort and make travelling easy. Commuters travelling in these buses will be provided with free water bottles and blankets. Generally it costs about Rs.224 per person to travel from Hyderabad to Vijayawada in a super luxury bus, while the same journey in an Indra bus costs Rs.326.
Given the comforts and provisions, commuters travelling in super luxury buses seem to prefer Indra buses. Though the fares are bit high, commuters particularly from Warangal, Mahabubnagar and other districts enjoy their journey in these buses, claimed the official.
To make these buses more popular, APSRTC's higher authorities are planning to introduce the sleeper coach service as being offered in ‘Vennela' buses. “Not everyone, particularly middle income groups, can afford to travel in air-conditioned sleeper coach buses. Hence, the idea was mooted and we are working on the modalities,” said the official.