Staff Reporter

New facility will have buses running in late hours from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has delayed its New Year gift, a new night service, for late commuters in the city. The same is likely to be started in a fortnight's time, around Sankranthi festival.

Originally scheduled to have started on New Year day, the facility, when launched will have buses running in the late hours from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. To start with, about 10 buses are to be pressed into service on select routes including Patancheru-Secunderabad and Patancheru-Koti that covers a major part of the city.

Mini buses

At the same time, the RTC city region is also mulling over the possibilities of running mini-buses in areas that are not covered by the regular services, primarily in the outskirts. The coming up of many colonies on the outskirts has ended up in a situation where buses are not available and are forcing commuters to use autos to reach the nearby bus stop points.

These are the areas where the RTC has set its sight and hopes to run smaller buses and provide proper transport facilities. The regular fleet does neither fit into the scheme in terms of manoeuvrability in the colonies nor makes sense in terms of revenue generation since the number of users could be limited.

"We have proposed 32-seater mini buses in place of the present fleet, which is of 64 passenger capacity for the purpose," says C. Panduranga Murthy, Hyderabad City regional manager. The proposal seeking about 100 such buses has already been made to the head office and a response is awaited.