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Updated: July 11, 2013 01:13 IST

14 closed RTC depots to be reopened

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Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayan Reddy
Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayan Reddy

Finance Minister rules out any hike in bus fares

The government has taken an in-principle decision to reopen all the 14 closed APSRTC depots in the State in response to numerous representations received from elected representatives, besides the public.

The reopening of each of these depots will cost the exchequer at least Rs.2.5 crore. The decision was taken at a meeting convened here on Wednesday by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, which was attended by Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana, Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayan Reddy, Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty, APSRTC MD A.K. Khan and other senior officials.

The Finance Minister said that the RTC management had been asked to assess the condition of the roads required for re-introduction of services from the depots, and also the possible revenue accruals from these services. Construction of commercial complexes on the vacant land of these depots as a revenue source could be taken up to make the reopened depots viable.

The Chief Minister specified as absolutely necessary, the reopening of the depots at places such as Bheemghal, B. Kothakota and Narsapur.

Officials informed the Chief Minister that RTC was operating its service on 7,763 routes, using 213 bus depots, 777 bus stations and 1,881 bus-shelters.

Heavy losses

The Finance Minister said the transport undertaking was incurring heavy losses as it was running its services without profit motive, but ruled out the possibility of enhancement of fares.

Responding to a plea by the RTC management, the Chief Minister promised to order release of payments due to RTC in lieu of concessions offered by it to various social groups at the instance of the government, but this would be done only after assessing the tax amounts due to the government from RTC.

'He asked the RTC management to chalk out a plan to mop up revenue from all sources by making optimum use of their commercial properties at its bus depots and stations.

One hand we wholeheartedly welcome the decision of the Government by reopening the closed BusDepots but on the second hand the Government says every time that corporation is incurring loses but due to social commitment the government does not want to stop the services .Why the Corporation is being run and why not government take strong measures to plugout the loopholes to put the corporation on right track.If the Government is sincere and honest and the employees are given their due rights and services recognized appreciated by giving them better incentives i see no reason as to why the employees do not work. It is better the Government work with sincere zeal dedication and spirit of service rather than eyeing on electoral gains. If the Government wants to enjoy the trust and confidence of the people it should remove all the corrupt elements and put a sincere hardworking and dedicated man at the helms of affairs who can do some thing better rather putting back into losses.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2013 at 11:19 IST
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