Following the State Government’s proposal to make Visakhapatnam the executive capital of the state, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has come up with a slew of measures to modernise public transportation. Recently, RTC vice chairman and managing director M Pratap announced the development.
First, APSRTC has placed an order for 22 Volvo buses. These buses would be deployed in inter city services from the Port City on selected routes.
“These buses will be of 14.5 metre in length and 2.59 metre in width. Their bodies would be covered in posters depicting important tourist and cultural destinations like Araku, Konaseema, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, etc.,” said an APSRTC official.
As far as local transportation is concerned, APSRTC is set to procure 1,000 BS-VI buses in April or May. Around a hundred of these BS-VI bused would be used for public transportation.
“Presently we have a fleet of around 600 buses. An estimate shows that after if the capital were to be shifted to the city we would need around 1,000 buses. We are going to introduce a few private buses on select routes in the city,” the APSRTC official added.
The calculation has been done keeping in mind the metro railway and tramway projects, announced by the state government. Now, officials of the corporation are chalking out a detailed blueprint of the ‘private bus’ project. If it were to work out, then this will be for the first time that there would be private bus routes in the city. At present most buses, which ply on city routes in Visakhapatnam belongs to APSRTC. There are a few private buses, but they are under the corporation and run on APSRTC routes.