Special Correspondent

The fare is only Rs. 363 per head

Travel time gets reduced by one hour

Number of toll gates in this route is less

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam region of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has received encouraging response from the passengers to its newly introduced super-luxury bus to Hyderabad via. Khammam. RTC introduced this service from April 11.

RTC regional manager N. Venkateswara Rao told The Hindu that the 36-seat bus goes full daily in both up and down directions and there are plans to introduce more buses in the route depending upon the passengers’ patronage. A minimum of one hour in the journey time gets reduced as the distance to Hyderabad via. Khammam is only 618 km. whereas it is 639 km. via Vijayawada. Two buses are deployed in this route and the bus from Vizag leaves at 6.30 p.m. and the one from Hyderabad (to Vizag) leaves at 8 p.m.

RTC deputy traffic manager (rural) A. Veeriah Choudhry said the passengers could save money as the fare is only Rs. 363 per head via Khammam whereas it is Rs. 387 via Vijayawada. The number of toll gates in the route is also less, he pointed out.

The bus will have stops only at Rajahmundry and Khammam.

Mr. Rao added that altogether the RTC here has deployed 24 buses on Vizag-Hyderabad route and two on Narsipatnam-Hyderabad route (inclusive of up and down operation) and the fleet includes six Volvos and 18 super-luxuries.

While Volvo travels the distance in 12 hours the rest of the buses via. Vijayawada takes 14 hours.

Metro Express

The RTC had replaced 108 of the erstwhile Vegam buses as Metro Express buses in the city under the public-private participation (PPP) programme and plans are there to replace 34 more such buses by the end of May.

Under PPP the Metro Express would be operated by the private person with his own driver and the conductor would belong to the RTC.