VISAKHAPATNAM: Vizag RTC regional authorities are planning to run 552 special bus services from the port city to various parts of Telugu states including Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and others. The special bus services will start from January 7 to January 23 at the time of Sankranti Festival and free.
The Visakhapatnam district has 700 vehicles including 500 buses with a workforce of around 3400, including 2500 drivers and conductors. At this time, most city services will be diverted as special services as most of the public will be traveling to their hometowns a week before the Sankranti festival‘.
The RTC authorities of Visakhapatnam district ran 492 special bus services last year. All the special vehicles have traveled 2.22 lakh kilometers with an occupancy rate of around 80% and earned more than 87 lakh rupees.
The RTC Authority expects a large number of passengers this year because the epidemic situation has reached a normal level. Remembering, they have increased 68 cars compared to last year. These special buses will run from January 7 to January 15 before the festival and from January 17 to January 23.
“We have decided to run 40 bus services to Hyderabad this year instead of five services on normal days. We have increased the number of bus services to Rajahmundry (75), Vijayawada (65), Palakonda and other places. The number of buses will be increased due to the demand from the public,” the Visakhapatnam RTC Regional Manager and Appala Raju told TOI.
According to sources, RTC will run additional services to Icchapuram, Rajam, Kakinada, Saluru, Amalapuram, Bhimavaram, Palasa, Sompeta, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and other routes. Visakhapatnam bus occupancy rate is 65% and goes up to 75% to 80% on festival days.
“We cannot assess the revenue or the number of passengers as the two-day festival falls on the weekend. Bhogi falls on Saturday and Sankrati on Sunday. If possible from those two auspicious days on weekdays, the rush will begin before the festival,” said RM Appala Raju.

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