APSRTC occupancy ratio up

Staff Reporter

Corporation sees increase for the first time in seven years

Occupancy ratio up from 56 to 59 per cent during the current yearOver seven years OR had dipped to 56 per cent from 78 per cent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has improved its passenger occupancy ratio (OR) from 56 to 59 per cent during the current year.

According to C. Damdoara Dass, Executive Director (Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada), for the first time in seven years the OR had seen an upward trend. Over the seven year period, OR had dipped to 56 per cent from a high of 78 per cent.

New programme

He told reporters here on Thursday that earlier RTC employees used to talk about tax anomalies and concessions offered to various sections on the fare not being reimbursed affecting the corporation's financial position. Now that such issues were addressed to by the Government, the corporation had launched a programme called `Mana Chetilone Mana Bhavitha' (future is in our hands) to create more confidence among them and emphasise the steps to be taken to further improve the services. He said that depending upon the feedback, more services would be deployed on routes doing well and they would be withdrawn from those doing lean business.

Municipal Commissioner N. Srikant gave away awards to employees who had contributed to fuel efficiency in 2003-04. Mr. Dass was also present.

The award for the region was received by Regional Manager D. Satyanarayana in New Delhi last year. Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer Y. Narasimha Raju and the Divisional Manager (Urban) Trinath Babu participated.