VIJAYAWADA: Even as chaos prevails over the shifting of Andhra Pradesh Secretariat employees to Amaravati by June 27, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has coolly shifted its administration from Hyderabad to Vijayawada a few days ago.
This is the first government agency to shift its employees completely from the Bus Bhavan in Hyderabad to RTC House at Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) in Vijayawada, before the deadline of June 27. Spread over 45,000 sq feet area, the administrative block contains over 400 work stations with computer tables, chairs, racks and other facilities. Nearly 100 officers have cabins in the mega administrative block inaugurated by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday.
As many as 280 employees, including office staff and supervisors, have already arrived in Vijayawada on Sunday and reported for duties on Monday and Tuesday. The employees will start working from the RTC House constructed on the PNBS premises, by the end of June after shifting their families from Hyderabad, said National Mazdoor Union (NMU) state leader R Subba Rao.
“Though we did not get any assurance from the Corporation over providing housing facilities for the employees in Vijayawada city, we are ready to shift our base from Hyderabad to Vijayawada by the end of June,” said K Madhava Rao, another RTC employee.
The administrative office was scientifically designed to cater to the needs of the officials and staff. Referring to the rise in house rents in and around the city, he said, when compared to Hyderabad, the house rents would be affordable in Vijayawada. “We are hopefull that our children can pursue education from the best institutions which are making beeline to the city recently. However, the State Government which promised to provide a housing colony for all RTC employees in the capital region should materialise at the earliest,” he urged.
“We have strictly followed the directions of the chief minister who wanted all the employees from Hyderabad to be shifted to Vijayawada by end of June. With the government’s support, we succeeded in completing the construction of the corporation building withing nine months. The amenities provided at the newly constructed administrative block will definitely help the employees work in a better environment,” said APSRTC managing director and vice chairman N Sambasiva Rao.
The amenities provided at the newly constructed administrative block will definitely help the employees work in a better environment N Sambasiva Rao, APSRTC managing director and vice chairman