Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana has announced that the State government will ease the burden of a fiscally-beleaguered A.P. State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) to the tune of Rs. 720 crore that has it suffered on account of the recent fuel price hike.
Without giving details of the relief package, he said senior officials were working on it. At a function to mark the KMPL Awards, organised by the Hindusthan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) here on Tuesday, he said Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had agreed to help the Corporation that was hit badly by the recent hike in price of high speed diesel by Rs. 11.89 a litre.
The Minister said such situations were forced on the RTC by circumstances beyond the State’s purviewMr. Satyanarayana said it was encouraging that about 20,500 drivers of the approximately 46,000-odd drivers in the Corporation got a mileage of over 5 km per litre (the RTC’s record is 5.13 kmpl now). However, it was imperative that the other drivers were motivated and trained enough to make their buses give better mileage.
Five drivers, each from of the RTC’s 23 regions, received the awards.
Topping the charts were Ch. Venkateswarlu (Khammam depot) - 7.69 kmpl, R. Abbaiah (Rayachoti) - 7.59 kmpl, G. Chandra (Rajampet) - 7.55 kmpl, Ch. A. Reddy (Khammam) - 7.51 kmpl, G.B. Rao (Srikakulam I) - 7.30 kmpl, Bhadar (Adilabad) - 7.24 kmpl, K.B. Babu (Srikakulam I) - 7.23 kmpl, R. Srinu (Miryalguda) - 7.14 kmpl, D. Yadaiah (Mehdipatnam) - 7.08 kmpl and Md. Shareef (Mehdipatnam) with 7 kmpl.