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Updated: November 22, 2012 02:47 IST

RTC mulling monopolising Hyderabad-Vijayawada route

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APSRTC Managing Director A. K. Khan
APSRTC Managing Director A. K. Khan

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is examining a proposal to monopolise the Hyderabad-Vijayawada bus route so as to mop up resources for the organisation.

The move, proposed to be implemented from Sankranti next year, will hit the private bus operators, who are making a killing by operating hundreds of buses on one of the busiest passenger routes in the State, hard. The corporation has identified Hyderabad-Vijayawada and Hyderabad-Bengaluru as potential routes for monopolisation.

APSRTC Managing Director A. K. Khan told reporters that if the government gives permission, the corporation would operate 100 per cent buses on one or two routes.

“Our plan was to monopolise Hyderabad-Vijayawada and Hyderabad-Bengaluru routes. But, there are some issues relating to inter-State permits pertaining to the Hyderabad-Bengaluru route,” a top source in the government said.

Survey commissioned

A survey has been commissioned by the RTC to verify the number of private buses plying on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada route. As per conservative estimates, at least 300 buses, including multi-axle luxury buses, are operated by private operators on the route.

According to the proposal, the Transport Department will then launch a drive to curb ‘illegal plying of buses’ by private operators. As most of these private operators run the services as stage carriers despite obtaining permits for contract carriages, the Transport Department wants to check this practice. The Transport Department also plans to stop issuing permits for contract carriages in a phased manner on the route the RTC monopolises.

“We will crack down on the erring bus operators if they are found to be plying buses with unauthorised permits,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, a press release informed that RTC will run 800 buses to Sabarimala. Mr. Khan said that compared to last year they were hopeful of bringing down the losses of RTC due to improvement in occupancy ratio, better fuel mileage and utilisation of fleet. The corporation decided to deploy ‘Sheetal’ buses, which were not making profits, as ‘Pushpak’ services to the Shamshabad Airport. A proposal to run direct bus services from the airport to Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Mahububnagar was also being studied. The corporation also acquired 1,200 buses to replace old buses.

Come on! Instead of using the law to balance the market realities, fight up to
the competition and make the service so good that people take up travel ONLY by the RTC.
This is the exact government arrogance due to which people dont board
RTC buses, The service is bad, they stop at a gazillion places, they
take at-least an hour and a half more than the pvt operators to get to
BLR from HYD.
They only start from MGBS and dont have dedicated feeder services from
all over the city to get to MGBS like the Pvt ones.
And they dont have autos plying from the Bus station once the customer
gets to HYD... What makes the RTC expect that the common person is going to put up with all of this to give them business?!?!?!

from:  Raju Bhupathiraju
Posted on: Nov 22, 2012 at 11:26 IST

This is Indian government and public officers at their hilarious best. The AP government appoints a police officer, who may have managed traffic, as the head of the state transport corporation. Instead of improving and fixing APSRTC problems, this man has the temerity to openly suggest a monopoly and destroy what is working well. And your unnamed correspondent should be taught basic things about objective journalism - operators are "making a killing" - really? That is called profit from free enterprise. Private operators served consumers by stepping in to a sector where the inefficient government lacked service. Please fix your house - get good buses, run them efficiently, improve safety, and please install some doors on your broken buses. Operate on the Hyd-Vijayawada stretch, but compete with the private operators. And please spend a week in Bangalore and see how the RTC is operated. Or go to Mangalore and see how efficient private buses are.

from:  vishwas
Posted on: Nov 22, 2012 at 10:58 IST

I like whether these are required for RTC buses also
1. Bus fitness certificate
2. PUC certificate
3. Insurance
4. How many years RTC can use these buses (Life cycle)

If required who will check these things?

from:  aravind
Posted on: Nov 22, 2012 at 09:52 IST

This is wrong decision. If APSRTC can not compete with private services means, RTC being govt company you want govt to monopolize the route to RTC? Then you will put all stinking red buses and you will ask the passengers in that scrap buses.
If you want to increase revenue to APSRTC understand why passengers preferring private buses. When a passenger enters RTC bus, the bus stinks as it will be never cleaned and in most buses seats are damaged. You people asks transport dept to check the fitness of buses. But if fitness of RTC buses are checked half of the RTC buses might fail. And RTC comments about fitness of private buses.
If private operators are not there we passengers might not have got this chance of traveling in Volvo and Mercedes buses. Due to competition RTC brought Volvo in to their service or else even today we passengers might be traveling in dabba buses.
Competition means provide better service and attract customers, it is not eliminate the opponent and win.

from:  aravind
Posted on: Nov 22, 2012 at 09:42 IST
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