S. Sandeep Kumar

HYDERABAD: Buoyed by the successful initiative of transforming the district buses into city buses (long distance buses), the city region of APSRTC is planning to increase the number by 10 with additional recruitment of drivers and conductors this year.

The initiative was taken last year with an initial set of 10 buses.

Though there was lukewarm response at the beginning, the authorities persevered with the concept. This year, the concept was revived with 10 Veera and nine luxury buses from April 13, taking the tally to 29 buses.

Occupancy up

The city region registered an occupancy rate of 82 per cent for these buses that were until last year staying idle in the city depot once they reached here.

They generated a revenue of Rs. 2.35 lakhs covering a distance of 22, 930 km in all for the month of April.

"The idea was to utilise the services of district buses after they reached here. They were parked in depots for no use and it is drivers and conductors, who need rest but not the bus. We take all measures towards maintenance of the bus like oiling and other aspects," said City Regional Manager C. Pandu Ranga Murthy.

On an average, the converted district buses cover a distance of 170 km per day with Rs. 15.50 earnings per km.

There are plans to increase the number by 10 besides additional recruitment of drivers and conductors.

The district bus depot managers had already been informed about the proposal, said Mr. Murthy.

No complaints

There are no complaints of inconvenience from the passengers, as the leg space of district buses is relatively less compared with that of specially designed city buses, added the City Regional Manager.

At present, these converted buses are used at the Dilsukhnagar, Kachiguda, BHEL, Kukatpally and Miyapur depots in the city and are mostly operated on the routes of Sanathnagar, Secunderabad, Borabanda, Patancheru, Dilsukhnagar and Mehdipatnam.