Staff Reporter

RTC focuses on three long-distance routes

Region makes profit of Rs. 3 crore

KHAMMAM: Steps are afoot for setting up a new bus station exclusively for long-distance express services starting from the town, according to AP Road Transport Corporation Regional Manager N. Vivekannada.

He said that the old bus station, with as many as 656 departures a day, had become too congested and had been compounding to the traffic problems in the bustling business locality.

Both the district administration and the Police Department were keen on addressing the problem by having a new express bus station in the town.

Land

The new bus station would require some six to seven acres of land and search was on for the new site.

Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar had discussed the issue with revenue officials concerned.

The old bus station would be retained for the local services. The express bus station would come up with all facilities.

He explained that the RTC was keen on focusing on three of its long-distance routes – connecting Khammam with Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada and Hyderabad – identified to be quite potential for enhancing the profitability of its operations.

Some new buses were joining the fleet in the region.

He said a deluxe service would be introduced soon connecting Khammam with Bhimavaram in West Godavari district.

Within the district, the frequency of services being operated to Manuguru, Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam and other urban centres was improved.

Profitability

Mr. Vivekananda said that the RTC operations in the region could make a profit of Rs. 3 crores this year. Its earnings touched Rs. 102 crore as against an expenditure of Rs. 99 crore.

The corporation could save on mainly fuels by improve its KMPL from 5.52 to 5.42. The Madhira depot had achieved the highest of 5.74 kmpl.

The depots of Manuguru and Bhadrachalam could make a profit of Rs. 1.13 crore and Rs. 1 crore respectively. The depots at Khammam and Sathupalli were also making profit.