High rate of operations reported from all over the region, says official
The A.P. State Road Transport Corporation was able to get a majority of its buses back on the roads on Sunday.
When contacted, Executive Director (Operations) S. Nagaraju said that while close to 100 per cent services were run in the Hyderabad Zone, it was 95 per cent in the Karimnagar Zone.
Rs. 200 crore loss
However, the high occupancy ratio demanded more services he added. The 10 districts are covered under the two zones.
The loss to the corporation due to non-operation for 26 days was put at about Rs. 200 crore.
Asked about damage to buses on Sunday , he said the body of an express bus in Vikabarabad was completely burnt when miscreants used kerosene and set it alight. In Vemulawada of Karimnagar district, a hired bus was completely burnt.
Senior officials were found busy pushing mechanical staff to get ready buses whose engines had remained idle for over three weeks. Once the engines were jump-started, they were constantly revved up to charge the batteries further, to capacity.
They would also help keep the air pressure at the required levels so that the power brakes would work, apart from the power steering.
“We are happy that a high rate of operations were reported were reported from all over the Telangana region,' said G.V. Ramana Rao, Executive Director (Human Resources) and Board Secretary. When asked about the bandh call given for Monday, he said they were working in tandem with district officials to run the buses.