The festival of Sankranti has brought unprecedented joy to the Road Transport Corporation (RTC), surpassing revenue expectations this year. The Sankranti rush commenced on the eighth of this month, prompting Visakha district RTC officials to go the extra mile by introducing additional buses. A remarkable 765 Sankranti special services were operated to various parts of the state until the 22nd, showcasing a substantial increase compared to the previous year’s 60 buses.
Recognizing the surge in demand, Visakha district RTC officials diverted more than 120 buses from Zone-1 to Hyderabad. This strategic move proved instrumental in accommodating the festive influx and contributed to the record-breaking revenue. Last Sankranti, only 60 buses were in operation, but this year, the number was doubled, demonstrating the proactive measures taken by the RTC.
Telangana’s Mahalakshmi scheme, offering free travel for women in RTC buses, played a pivotal role in shaping the travel landscape. As a consequence, the TSRTC (Telangana State Road Transport Corporation) experienced a shortage of buses for Sankranti, leading to a reduction in special services towards Andhra Pradesh. In response, APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) orchestrated an increased number of buses connecting Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, yielding positive outcomes and bolstering income.
This year witnessed a significant rise, with 765 special services compared to the previous year’s 745 from Visakha district. Notably, 20 additional buses were deployed, meeting the heightened demand during the festive period. The services were strategically organized, with 472 before Sankranti and 293 after, reflecting responsiveness to passenger needs.
Revenue statistics paint a promising picture, with Rs.79,81,655 generated until Sankranti, Rs.74,64,119 thereafter, totaling an impressive Rs.1,54,45,774. In contrast, the previous Sankranti saw earnings of Rs.1,41,57,400, indicating a remarkable increase of Rs.12 lakh this year.
The Occupancy Ratio (OR) of passengers also witnessed a substantial uptick, rising from 62 percent last year to an impressive 67 percent this Sankranti. The income per kilometer reached Rs.42.90, highlighting the financial success of the RTC during this festive season.
Visakha District RTC Public Transport Officer A. Appalaraju expressed that special services will continue until the 28th of this month, catering to those traveling during the extended Sankranti celebrations. The success of this Sankranti not only delighted travelers but also showcased the resilience and adaptability of the RTC in meeting the evolving needs of the festive season.