KAKINADA: Deputy chief minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa inaugurated four new RTC bus services at bus complex here Monday. The new services would be operated on the Kakinada-Ananthapur, Razole-Tirupathi, Eleswaram-Mohanapuram, Rajavommangi-Gokavara,-Kothaveedhi routes.
Later, he said RTC was incurring losses to a tune of `200 crore in the state of which the East Godavari accounts for `30 crore, due to plying of autorickshaws. The government was taking steps to strengthen RTC.
A 100-day action plan was introduced to reduce losses in RTC. Lakhs of families were dependent on RTC.
Chinarajappa said RTC was taking steps to operate more buses in rural areas. It was the duty of RTC officials to bring about awareness among the people on the usage of RTC services.
Kakinada and Rajahmundry would be allotted 35 buses each shortly. They would be used for city services under the JNNURM scheme, he said and added that the government had decided to constitute a committee to study the feasibility of including Kapus in the BC category without causing problems to the existing BC reservations. RTC regional manager G Rama Kanth said under the sub-plan three services also would be operated from Eleswaram and Gokavaram,
MLA Vanamadi Venkateswara Rao and depot manager Sudhakar were also present.