Andhra Pradesh

RTC to rope in more ticket agents

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The APSRTC has chalked out plans to exponentially increase the number of authorised ticket booking (ATB) agents across the State, in a bid to get physically closer to passengers, covering colonies and small towns too, across the State.

Currently, there are 826 of them, booking about 42,000 of the two lakh seats available in various services. As the first step towards opening up the system for accommodating more agents, the Board of Directors of APSRTC has decided to appoint ATBs on the basis of applications received and not through the tender system as before, with an initial five-year period to be extended every year thereafter, based on performance.

The system of appointing ATB agents has been simplified and practically anyone can become one, on payment of a non-refundable allotment fee to be collected at the time of appointment.

Currently, in the twin cities and in Inter-State places, the fee is Rs. 25,000, while in district headquarter towns and cities like Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada and the like, it is Rs. 15,000. For all other centres, it is Rs. 5,000.

In the revised system, paper tickets will be issued at all RTC and online ATB agent counters and usage of pre-printed tickets will be dispensed with, said M. Ravinder, Executive Director & Secretary to Corporation, in a press release.

Those with existing businesses can also open ATB counters, thus saving the bother of passengers of coming all the way to bus stations, he added.

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