Andhra Pradesh: Around 1683 buses in all categories will ply on 434 routes from today, including the construction sector. Here’s how you can make a booking.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has decided to resume intra-state bus services from May 21, 2020, after the Center relaxed the restrictions on public transport. Buses will not ply in the construction zone between the lockout.
Madareddy Pratap, vice-chairman and managing director of APSRTC, said that the decision to run buses in neighboring states would be taken only after taking feedback from them.
When will start APSRTC?
According to ANI, Madareddy Pratap said, “Intra state services will start tomorrow. For interstate services, we have written to neighboring states Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. We will take a decision on this after their reply.”
Thus, he made it clear that inter-state services would resume and he has already written for inter-state services to neighboring states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Initially, about 1683 buses in all categories will run in 434 routes from today, except construction.
On the security front, to prevent the spread of Kovid-19 infection, the passenger must wear a mask or cover their face before boarding the bus. Also, masks will be available in the stall there for Rs 10. In addition, sanitizers will also be placed at all bus stands, thus passengers must use them before starting the journey.
When Were Bus Services Supended?
Bus services were suspended from March 21, 2020 to Wednesday due to the coronovirus lockdown. During the lockdown, the APSRTC has incurred a loss of about 1200 crores and maintenance expenses incurred in these 58 days is about 700 crores. Booking can be accepted only through the mobile numbers registered on the liveliness portal and as per government guidelines by the district administration
Tickets for all these buses will be available online and there will be no conductor in these buses. Passengers can book seats in advance and follow social distance norms. Here’s how you can book tickets online
Bus service has been started from Krishna district to Vizag, Kakinada, Eluru, Srikakulam, Tirupati and other working places for RTC. All buses run without conductors and online booking is provided for boarding buses. Some travelers prefer the current booking facility mainly to short distance passengers. On the other hand, physical distance in buses is maintained by changing the seating pattern in buses. Initially, 1683 buses plying 436 routes in the state, and services will be extended gradually.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the state-run Transport Corporation has also announced the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Passengers must buy tickets before boarding the bus
- Passengers should buy tickets online and avoid overcrowding at the ticket counter
- The ticket has to be paid online
- Buses will not have conductors to check tickets
- Social distancing norms should be practiced and APSRTC has arranged seating in deluxe, ultra-deluxe, super luxury and other high-end services
- All buses will be disinfected after completion of each journey
- Passengers will be provided with a hand sanitizer before boarding the bus with a contact less machine
- All passengers will be required to wear a mask or face cover
- All shops at bus stations have been asked to sell masks at Rs 10 per piece.
- Senior citizens are advised to avoid unnecessary travel
- All travelers should be encouraged to install the Arogya Setu App
- Buses will run from 7 am to 7 pm
- Buses will not run at full capacity
- Buses will cost only one ticket