'Bus services to rural areas despite losses'
TSRTC chairman Somarapu Satyanarayana on Monday asserted that the State government is committed to increasing bus facility to rural areas despite huge losses being incurred by the corporation.
HIKE IN FARE NOMINAL: TSRTC CHAIRMAN
Addressing the media here, the RTC chairman said bus fares were revised only nominally to ensure that there was no additional burden on the commuters. Admitting that the increase in fares would bring down the losses marginally, Satyanarayana compared the revision of fares with the Andhra Pradesh government that revised the fares six months ago. Stating that the earlier Congress governments had increased the fares every year, the RTC chairman asked the opposition parties why they were making so much fuss on it.
“Why are these parties not raising their voice in Andhra Pradesh?” he asked. “Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is keen on connecting the people with the bus facility for safer transportation to their destinations. Though the corporation is incurring Rs 500 crore loss annually through Palle Velugu services, since these services are the lifeline for the villagers, KCR is evincing keen interest to extend these services to every nook and corner of the State,” he said.
“The hike is minimal and will fetch Rs 286 crore to the corporation annually,” he said. Satyanarayana said that the losses of the corporation would be met by developing the assets of the RTC and also by plugging the loopholes. “We will also ensure better coordination among the officials and staff to offer better services to the commuters with improved facilities at the bus stands and bus shelters,” he said and hoped that this would further bring down the losses of the RTC.