Special Correspondent

47.90 cr. loss due to non-operation of services

Rs. 2.82 crore loss in terms of damage to buses

HYDERABAD: The A.P. State Road Transport Corporation has estimated its losses since November 29 at Rs. 50.72 crore till midnight of December 13, on account of the ongoing political developments over separate Telangana.

Transport Minister S. Vijayarama Raju said the break-up included Rs. 47.90 crore due to non-operation of services and Rs. 2.82 crore in terms of damage to buses.

In all, 14 buses were burnt, while 341 more suffered damages in the form of windscreens getting smashed and tyres being deflated, he said. On an average, the corporation’s operational revenues from districts in the Andhra and Telangana region are estimated at Rs. 7.83 crore.

On Monday, no services were operated in Anantapur, Kadapa and Prakasam districts while in other places the percentage of buses operated varied between 20 and 70 per cent, senior officials of the corporation said.

He appealed to people not to damage public property.

Regularising services

When a delegation of the Joint Action Committee of non-recognised unions, other than the recognised National Mazdoor Union met Mr. Raju on Monday evening, they were assured that the government and the management of the corporation was considering regularising the services of 4,934 conductors and drivers who were still under contract.

The delegation included general secretaries R. Lakshmaiah (Staff and Workers Federation), K. Padmakar (Employees Union), K. Vijayakumar (Karimka Sangh) and S. Ravinder (Rashtriya Mazdoor Federation) and president of the Karmika Parishad M. Narasimha Rao.

On November 30 this year, the government had issued orders regularising the services of 4,934 conductors and drivers. This takes the total number regularised thus far to slightly over 10,000, said Mr. Lakshmaiah. He added that a final decision on whether they would go on an indefinite strike or not would be taken on Tuesday.