Hyderabad, July 10 (INN): The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today asked the APSRTC authorities to chalk out plans to mop up revenue from all sources by making optimum use of their commercial properties like bus depots and stations.
CM asked the RTC officials to increase revenue by plying buses on time and rationalising profitable and loss-making routes in the State.
The Chief Minister today reviewed the issues pertaining to APSRTC, particularly the opening of bus stations, maintenance of bus depots and plying of buses on time etc with the Ministers and officials at Secretariat. The Chief Minister also asked the RTC officials to immediately start satellite bus depots, bus stations etc wherever there is demand and is absolutely required like Bheemgal, B.Kothakota & Narsapur etc. He asked the RTC to start more buses through these places and post traffic controllers and inspectors for regulating running of buses.
Officials informed that there are 213 APSRTC bus depots in 23 regions under 7 zones in the State. There are now 777 bus stations and 1881 bus shelters and 7763 bus routes. There are 1,23,871 employees on the rolls now. Officials said that increase in prices of diesel periodically is putting a big burden on the APSRTC. They said the fare structure of APSRTC is less compared to other States like Karnataka.
The Chief Minister assured to release due payments from the State Government after a study of the fare concessions offered by RTC and tax due by RTC to the State Government.
Transport Minister B Satyanarayana, Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, Govt. Whip Anil, Chief Secretary P K Mohanty, Principal Secretaries, Finance, V Bhasker and Premchandra Reddy, Principal Secretary, Transport, Lakshmi Parthasarathy, MD, APSRTC, A.K.Khan and other officials attended the meeting.