The AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will shift its office to Vijayawada and start operating from here in a full-fledged manner from May 15 this year.
“The APSRTC will move lock, stock, and barrel by May 15 for effective functioning of the corporation,” Vice-Chairman and Managing Director N. Sambasiva Rao told a press conference here on Sunday.
Mr. Rao said that a slew of initiatives by the corporation to enhance its commercial revenue through 24 different streams like licence fee on canteens, cycle stands, DOT stalls, advertisement on buses, parcel services, and leasing of sites fetched a sum of Rs. 79.43 crore till January this year. The corporation was expecting a revenue of Rs.100 crore this fiscal, he said.
To enhance the non-traffic revenue, Mr. Rao said that the RTC would opt for licensing of space for 100 medical shops, 100 diagnostic centres, 100 mini- theatres, 100 retail shops, and dental clinics and eye care centres in bus stations.
Besides free travel facility in ordinary city and metro services to long-distance commuters within two hours of either boarding or alighting a long-distance RTC service, a 20 per cent concession for last seat travellers (in the last two rows, comprising nine seats) in deluxe, super luxury, Indra, Garuda, Garuda Plus, and Amaravati long-distance buses, it had introduced Advance Bus Arrival System (ABAIS) ring tone alert.
“It’s a unique system of providing advance information of arrival of buses to the waiting passengers across 40 routes, covering 453 buses. An automatic ring tone alert is triggered by a missed call from the bus conductor to the fixed terminal installed at the bus stop.”
Branding of bus stations to earn revenue, vehicle tracking provision through a mobile App, passenger information screens, passenger mobile App, and live tracking and MIS report facility are other services added in the recent past, he said. APSRTC Executive Director (Vijayawada zone) N. Venkateswara Rao, ED (Administration) A. Venkateswara Rao, and other officials were present.