Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is contemplating to burden the passengers in the name of Development Cess by increasing the bus fares from December 1.
It is learnt that the Corporation was planning to construct bus stands and renovate the existing bus stops by collecting the Development Cess. The Corporation was expecting to net Rs130 crores per year through this cess. The Corporation will increase Re 1 in the Deluxe and Semi-Luxury buses and 50 paisa in Express and ordinary buses if the plan implemented. The RTC convened a meeting on Tuesday and discussed the issue threadbare. The officials had prepared these proposals after weighing pros and cons.
The Corporation was also thinking to stop the private buses on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad route. The Corporation has asked the officials to estimate as how many additional buses were needed if the plying of private buses was stopped on that route. (NSS)