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Local transporters to get preference on intra-State routes: Transport Minister

Telangana Minister for Transport P. Mahender Reddy (centre).

Telangana Minister for Transport P. Mahender Reddy (centre).  

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‘RTC expansion will be expedited after bifurcation of corporation’

Telangana Minister for Transport P. Mahender Reddy said that the government will encourage transporters of Telangana in the intra-State routes where plying of private buses is permitted.

He stated this after a review meeting held here on Saturday while pointing out that most of the private buses that plied to Bhadrachalam were from Andhra Pradesh. To a question on issuance of concessional travel tickets (bus passes) to students and employees of AP in Hyderabad, particularly in the wake of Telangana government’s decision to introduce the condition of pre-1956 nativity as the eligibility for fee reimbursement scheme, he said the government would take a decision after examining the issue.

Stating that the government was committed to expand RTC services in and around Hyderabad, the Minister noted that it would be speeded up after bifurcation of the organisation.

There was a proposal to set up 10 new bus depots in the outskirts of Hyderabad for the benefit of people commuting to the city from surrounding areas. Frequency of buses would also be increased in the city.

Study team

As part the government efforts to improve the public transport system in Hyderabad, he would lead a team to Mumbai on August 5 and 6 to study the system there, Mr. Mahender Reddy said.

The team would also comprise Principal Secretary (Transport), officials of GHMC and HMDA, Commissioners of Police of Hyderabad and Cyberabad, Additional Traffic Commissioner of Hyderabad and officials of Transport and Information Technology Departments.

On 80 air-conditioned Volvo buses to be purchased by RTC, he said 30 each would be allotted to Hyderabad and Warangal and 20 to Karimnagar regions.

The RTC would bear 50 per cent of their cost, the Centre 35 per cent and the State 15 per cent, he explained.

The government would seek suggestions from different quarters to bring the RTC on to the road of profits from present losses.



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