Expert committee to turnaround RTC

Expert committee to turnaround RTC
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Expert Committee to Turnaround RTC . Transport minister Dr Patnam Mahender Reddy paid his maiden visit to the RTC Bus Bhavan at Musheerabad on Thursday.

All the employees of various unions volunteered to donate a day’s salary, totalling Rs 1.92 crore, to buy an additional fleet of 11 buses

Transport minister Dr Patnam Mahender Reddy paid his maiden visit to the RTC Bus Bhavan at Musheerabad on Thursday.

Talking about the financial position of the RTC, Mahender Reddy said, “The position of the RTC is not financially sound in the past few years and is incurring huge losses. It is earning Rs 10 crore per day while the expenditure accounts for Rs 12 crore. An expert committee would be formed to generate profits within a reasonable period.”

In a noteworthy move, all the employees of various unions have volunteered to donate a day’s salary, totalling to Rs 1.92 crore, to buy an additional fleet of 11 buses.

“We have proposed to buy 80 super luxury buses at a cost of Rs 1 crore each which would be operational in the next four months. A study on bus transport in Mumbai would be conducted and would be replicated in Hyderabad,” said Mahender Reddy.

Mahender Reddy said that there was a proposal to introduce 340 additional buses for the year 2014-15 of which 283 buses would be deployed on routes which were feasible. Of this, 223 would be deployed in Hyderabad while the remaining 60 would be deployed in other districts.

Some 552 additional buses had been sanctioned under the JNNURM scheme of which 422 would be for Hyderabad, 70 for Karimnagar and 30 for Khammam. New depots have been proposed at Jawahar Nagar, Nadergul and Sardar Nagar in Hyderabad and for Karimnagar district under the scheme.

“There are 1,300 villages which are not covered by transport in the state due to lack of or poor condition of roads. We are making efforts to lay roads there,” noted the minister.

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