Andhra Pradesh: RTC takes steps to curb illegal vehicles

Employees told to send complaints to officials in postcards.

Guntur: The APSRTC, after having suffered huge losses because of low passenger use, will hold a postcard campaign to promote its bus services mainly on the rural routes. APSRTC regional manager Guntur G. Shrihari lamented that Guntur region incurred a revenue loss of around Rs 4.98 crore in the month of November. The corporation decided to launch Parirakshana campaign under which postcards would be written to officials seeking action from them to restrain illegal private vehicles from operating. These buses have become a big threat to the APSRTC services. Mr Shrihari held a review meeting with leaders of NMU, EU, CITU and Karmika Parishad Unions besides 13 depot managers at Guntur on Sunday. Addressing the meeting, he lamented that Guntur region had incurred a heavy loss in revenue last month.

Asserting on the need to restrain illegal plying of private vehicles as passenger vehicles, he asked union leaders, APSRTC officers and employees to write postcards to the officials concerned about the losses to the APSRTC due to illegal plying of vehicles and demanding restrain on the same under Parirakshana campaign. Mr Shrihari pointed out that a majority of 646 Palle Velugu buses from 13 depots of Guntur region incurred huge losses due to poor occupancy ratio. He asked officials and employees to hold special campaigns in villages asking people to promote APSRTC Palle Velugu buses.

He also asked the union leaders, officials, depot managers and employees to start postcard campaign. He wants the letters to be addressed to transport department officials, district collector and police officials. He said the APSRTC Guntur loses Rs 9 crore revenue every month due to illegal private vehicles in Guntur district and Rs 108 crore revenue loss in a year. He directed depot managers to focus on routes which are incurring losses and to introduce special services according to public demand.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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