Hyderabad: After remaining confined to depots for over seven months, inter-state buses of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will start plying on the roads from Monday mid-night.
This comes as a major relief to many of those who have been struggling to find a safe and comfortable mode of transportation to visit their hometowns in the neighbouring State ever since the lockdown. From Hyderabad, large number of passengers travel on Vijayawada, Nuzvid, Eluru and Kurnool routes.
It has been 220 days since inter-state bus services between Telangana and AP have remain suspended. Though TSRTC resumed services within the State in May, it has not resumed inter-state services to AP, following a dispute on equal number of operations between two States.
Since bifurcation, APSRTC has been operating buses on 2.5 lakh route km in Telangana while TSRTC used to run buses on 1.5 lakh route km in AP. This prompted the TSRTC to bring down the APSRTC route km in Telangana, since the higher route km by APSRTC was affecting it’s revenue.
On Vijayawada and beyond route, TSRTC will operate 273 buses and APSRTC will operate 192 buses while on Kurnool and beyond route, TSRTC will operate 213 buses and APSRTC, 146 buses.
Similarly, TSRTC on Piduguralla/ Guntur route via Wadapally will run 67 buses with APSRTC operating 88 buses. On Macherla and beyond route, TSRTC will have 66 of its buses in AP while APSRTC will operate 61 buses.
Through Nuzvid, Tiruvur, Bhadrachalam-Vijayawada route, TSRTC will operate 48 buses and APSRTC will operate 65 buses and on Khammam, Jeelugumilli, Jangareddygudem and beyond route, TSRTC will have 35 of its buses with APSRTC putting 58 buses.
On Srisailam route, TSRTC will continue operation with 62 buses and APSRTC will not operate buses on this route. On the remaining routes such as Sathupally, Eluru, Bhadrachalam and Kunta via Kallugudem, Sathupally – Vijayawada route and other route, TSRTC will operate 62 buses and APSRTC will get to run 28 buses.
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