P. Sujatha Varma
VIJAYAWADA: Come March, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) of Krishna region will lend a sweet touch to its Volvo services.
As an added attraction to its patrons, the APSRTC authorities in the region will be doling out chocolates as an on-board complimentary to Volvo commuters. "Most probably from March 1, passengers travelling by Volvo buses will be given mint and éclairs chocolates, besides a sachet of face freshener. In view of the summer, we have also decided to increase the size of the mineral water bottle that we give from half-a-litre to one-litre," says regional manager M. Seetapathi.
The Garuda and Volvo services of the APSRTC have been a reminder to many commuters that travelling on a budget does not mean cramping one's style. With the cosy ambience in the bus increasing the commuters' sense of satisfaction and thereby increasing the popularity of the service, the authorities have also been catering to the public demands with renewed enthusiasm.
In addition to the 17 buses of Volvo make that are being operated now, the region has got six more buses of the same kind. The new services will be operated to destinations like Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune.
The increasing traffic between Vijayawada and Hyderabad has been prompting the authorities to augment the services on the route at regular intervals. "Of late, there has been a remarkable increase in the flow of traffic, a major chunk of it represented by the tech-savvy breed, from this region towards Pune, especially in the weekends. We want to divert that crowd to our Volvo services," Mr. Seetapathi says. Keeping in view the revenue-fetching aspect of cargo movement towards Pune, the authorities are also working to transform the lucrative proposal into a reality soon.
In the first week of March, the APSRTC will introduce new super luxury services from Vijayawada to Raichur and Davanagiri, besides another service from Machilipatnam to Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, which is home to many Telugu families.