APSRTC to resume services to Karnataka from June 17

South India

The booking for the services has started online from Monday. The corporation has made masks mandatory for travellers. 

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has decided to resume its services to neighbouring Karnataka from June 17. Ticket for the travel can be bought online.

The service would initially start with 168 bus services, most of them starting from the districts bordering Karnataka like Kurnool, Chittoor and Anantapur. Based on its success, service will also be resumed tom districts of Nellore, Kadapa, Prakasam, Krishna, Guntur and East Godavari.

APRTC Executive Director (Operations) KS Brahmananda Reddy was quoted by News Minute as saying that the decision was taken with the approval of the two governments. The corporation would follow all guidelines, including those related to social distancing, issued by the Centre and state government.

Masks would be made compulsory to board the buses and passengers will be provided with hand sanitisers before boarding the vehicle. The seating has also been rearranged. The corporation has also decided to take swab samples of 5% of all passengers who arrive from Karnataka in each bus as a precautionary measure.

The APSRTC stopped its services in March after the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. The corporation, which has a fleet of 12,000 buses is now operating only 1683 buses on 436 routes. Brahmananda Reddy said that they would gradually ramped up the operation depending on the occupancy in the buses, and the state's progress in containing the spread of COVID-19.

The Andhra Pradesh government has also sought permission to run buses to Hyderabad in Telangana and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, given the high demand from passengers, but is yet to receive the nod of the respective state governments (with inputs from agencies)

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