ANDHRA PRADESH

14 special metro buses launched

Staff Reporter



Six buses are launched between Kondapalli and Kankipadu

New metro buses have good facilities, says official



VIJAYAWADA: The APSRTC on Monday launched 14 special buses sanctioned under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) on three routes.

Six buses were launched between Kondapalli and Kankipadu on route number 150 while four buses each were launched between Kondapalli and Gannavaram on route number 188 and Kaleswara Rao market and Vuyyuru on route number 222. All the buses ply at the frequency of 20 minutes.

Fares in these buses will be charged on a par with express services, with a minimum fare of Rs.7.

Deputy Transport Commissioner T. Raghunath, who launched the services along with APSRTC Regional Manager A. Koteswara Rao at a function at Pandit Nehru Bus Station, hoped that these semi-low floor eco-friendly buses will find good patronage “since urban population does not mind paying slightly more to embrace comfort.”

Pollution-free

The pollution-free CNG buses had special features like an audio system to enable the driver to announce the stages besides the abundant space between the two rows of seats. Children, women and the aged would have the advantage of easy boarding and alighting because of the low floor, he pointed out. Stating that the RTC was expecting to receive more buses in batches, the DTC said the idea was to provide the commuter a combination of style and comfort.

Mr. Koteswara Rao said the new metro express buses had wonderful facilities like spacious seating, good legroom, wide gangway between two rows of seats and electronic display of destinations on front, back and sides, see-through wide glasses, clear vision and noise-free travel besides FM radio.

Since the entire existing 400 city buses were ordinary services, a demand for introduction of special buses was a long-pending one. “Once you travel in these buses, you cannot think of using other mode of travel the next time,” he said.

Mr. Rao said that a general bus pass for a metro service would cost Rs. 600 a month. “The pass holder can board any bus any number of times in the city limits. We want the regular commuters to opt for the new services for their quick transportation. This is possible because students will not be allowed in these buses. This also means less travel time and minimum number of stages,” he added.

A host of RTC officials were present at the inaugural function.

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