Hyderabad: TSRTC Bus No 9X/272G had a VIP passenger on Wednesday, though very few people recognised the VIP who was travelling incognito.
Telangana State Road Transport Corporation managing director VC Sajjanar indicated that he had a few plans up his sleeve to revive the cash-strapped corporation as he began his efforts with a trip to the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station from Lakdikapul in a city bus.
Sajjanar, who waited at the bus-stop at Lakdikapul, boarded the bus that was on its way from Gandimaisamma to CBS via Afzalgunj. Traveling like a common man, Sajjanar purchased a ticket, with neither the conductor nor the driver recognising him, courtesy the mask he was wearing. Sajjanar took the opportunity to interact with the passengers, asking them about their experience on TSRTC buses and with the corporation’s services. Perplexed passengers were later told by officials accompanying him that the official who spoke to him was “our MD garu”.
Sajjanar, alighting at the MGBS, went around the bus station and inspected the entire premises, not forgetting to check the toilets as well. Interacting with drivers and conductors of district buses, he also had a thorough look at the sector-wise route board, officials said, adding that he later held a meeting with Munishekhar, Executive Director (Hyderabad and Karimnagar) and the Rangareddy regional manager as well, who reached the spot during his inspection. Asking the officials to improve the cleanliness and aesthetics of the toilets, Sajjanar also asked for the unclaimed motorcycles on the premises to be shifted.
Pointing out that the corporation could generate additional revenue by way of advertisements and giving the parking lot to an outsourcing agency, the MD asked officials to fill the vacant stalls to generate revenue. Directing officials to explore how non-traffic revenue could be generated in the bus station and to focus on group bookings during the marriage season, he also told officials to focus on the Dasara season when more passengers could be transported.
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