Special Correspondent

Buses will be operated at a frequency of 10 minutes, to begin with

VISAKHAPATNAM: The urban Division of the APSRTC has converted the services on route numbers 38 and 400 into ring routes with effect from Sunday to provide better facility to commuters.

Both routes are being operated from old Gajuwaka to RTC Complex, via two different routes, with No. 38 running on the National Highway via BHPV, NAD junction and Gurudwara while No. 400 touching Scindia, convent junction and the railway station.

However, commuters from areas like Kancharapalem, Akkayyapalem, and Gurudwara are having difficulty in reaching the railway station and Convent junction, while those from the railway station, Dondaparthy, and nearby areas do not have direct bus connection to Akkayyapalem, port hospital, Gurudwara and other areas on the National Highway.

The ring routes are being introduced to eliminate the problem for commuters being served on both routes, said Divisional Manager M. Trinath Babu on Saturday.

Buses on the new route No. 438 which is branded as Rapid Red for easy identification, with a red stripe painted on the top of the bus, will leave old Gajuwaka and cover Sriharipuram, Malkapuram, Scindia, Convent junction, railway station, RTC complex, Gurudwara, Akkayyapalem, port hospital, NAD junction, BHPV and come back to old Gajuwaka.

On the other route, No. 338 branded as Rapid Blue with a blue stripe painted on the top the bus, will leave old Gajuwaka to cover BHPV, airport, NAD junction, port hospital, Akkayyapalem, Gurudwara, RTC complex, railway station, Convent junction, Scindia Malkapuram, Sriharipuram and come back to old Gajuwaka.

The buses will be operated at 10 minutes' frequency to start with. Stoppages on the route are also marked on either side of the bus.