The crackdown on private buses has resulted in demand for more Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses (APSRTC), says the officials. The corporation has increased their bus count which ply from Hyderabad to neighbouring districts and states by around 150 buses.
As on Friday officials of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) have seized 10 private buses which brings the total number of buses seized to 2,482 after the Mahbubnagar bus accident.
‘’We have increased the number of buses for neighbouring districts and states to meet the increasing demand,” said an official of the corporation pointing out that the demand has particularly increased in case of passengers going to coastal districts and marginal increase to Chennai and Pune.
However the official pointed out that the occupancy rate in their buses still poses a challenge to the corporation. ‘’Earlier it was around 75 percent, now it has reached 80 percent. However I doubt how long the demand will sustain,’’ he added.
Speaking about the increase in demand for RTC buses, A Koteshwar Rao, executive director of Greater Hyderabad Zone, APSRTC, said ‘’Right from Sankranthi the demand has increased. While in 2013 we plied 4,000 buses for negihbouring districts and states, this year the number of buses during the festival season has increased to 5,000.’’