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Staff training on bringing down fuel costs, improving mileage, reducing emission levels

RTC plans to save Rs. 2.7 crore by saving HSD Oil consumption by improving fuel efficiency

TIRUPATI: The APSRTC management is currently engrossed in training its staff on bringing down fuel costs and improving mileage, besides reducing emission levels.

The move assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of the hike announced by the Central government on the prices of petroleum products.

Awareness

With the RTC embracing vehicles adhering to the Bharat Standard II norms in 2005, the pollution levels have remarkably come down, taking up the fuel efficiency. However, identifying certain shortcomings in the form of lack of awareness among the drivers and mechanics on key issues, the management planned a series of training programmes in Chittoor district to clear the air.

Training programmes were held at the Tirupati I and Puttur depots on Wednesday under the guidance of the Regional Manager M.S. Prakasa Rao, in which engineers from TELCO explained to the drivers and mechanical staff the nuances of handling vital automobile components.

Maintenance

The staff members were trained on performing the regular chores, daily/weekly maintenance and so on with precision. It may be noted that similar events were held at Alipiri and Tirumala depots on Monday and Chittoor and Madanapalle depots on Tuesday. 50 mechanics and 25 drivers attached to the Tirupati I depot attended the meet today. With the Tirupati Region (Chittoor district) expecting to incur a loss of Rs.10.3 crore for the remaining ten months of the current fiscal due to the diesel price hike, the management seems to be taking concrete efforts in bringing down the losses to the maximum possible extent.

By saving the High Speed Diesel (HSD Oil) consumption by improving fuel efficiency from 5.17 kmpl to 5.3 in the ensuing months, it plans to save a whopping Rs.2.7 crore.

The management plans to hold a quiz competition at the depot level and later at the regional-level. Mr.Prakasa Rao announced awards on behalf of TELCO and cash prizes from the management to the winners.