The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) Managing Director, A.K. Khan on Wednesday said that APSRTC would start city services in six new cities in the State this year including in Anantapur town.

Speaking to reporters at a press meet here in Anantapur, Mr Khan said that the APSRTC would start new city services with JNNURM funds in the current fiscal itself.

On the other hand, he said that the APSRTC had missed it's new bus acquisition target of 2,000 new buses by 800 units, thanks to the Telangana and Samaikyandhra agitations that the State had to face. However, he expressed confidence that the APSRTC would ply buses to 500 new villages every year, henceforth, capitalizing on the acquisition of the new buses.

While no existing bus depots would be closed no new ones were on the anvil in the districts across the state with the exception of one each that were coming up at Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati, he said arguing that it was the patronage of the people of APSRTC that had prompted the organisation to go in for new depots to meet the demand.

Asked about the recent order by the Andhra Pradesh government over the issue of APSRTC being brought into the fold of the government, he said that the issue is currently hotly debated topic amongst the employees and the trade unions alike and said he hoped that a eight decision is taken at the right time taking into consideration the wishes and concerns of all the stake holders.