Bus service between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to resume soon

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The state transport utilities in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are gearing up to resume bus services suspended in the wake of the nation-wide lockdown soon.

Officials of the two state transport corporations met on Thursday at Vijayawada and finalised the modalities for resuming the service, according to a Times of India report. The officials have reportedly exchanged data about red zones and containment areas in both the states and the measures to be taken to facilitate the bus services.

The TOI report said that the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has sent proposals to its counterpart to run 256 bus services from various places in Andhra Pradesh to destinations in Telangana.

Brahmananda Reddy, executive director for operations, APSRTC, said that during the preliminary talks the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh transport corporations have agreed to run the buses. The operational guidelines are yet to be worked out and there will be another round of talks early next week after which the bus services will be started, he said.

He said that the APSRTC had sent proposals to operate services from 13 districts in the first phase. Of them, 20 will be operated from Kurnool and Guntur, 12 from Anantapur, 10 each from Kadapa, Chittoor and Nellore, five from Prakasam, and 66 from Vijayawada and other places.

As both Telugu states have been sharing an agreement over the number buses to be operated by them to other states, the proportionate ratio will be followed in resuming the services. The agreement over number of buses was made as part of the state bifurcation.

Bus services between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are likely to resume soon. Though a decision is expected next Wednesday, services are likely to resume in four phases, and in the first phase, the APSRTC plans to operate 256 services to Telangana, according to a report in New Indian Express.

APSRTC has already resumed services to Karnataka. It is now operating 168 services to various destinations in the neighbouring state. Passengers going to Karnataka can book tickets in advance on the APSRTC and KSRTC websites.

However, the Karnataka government sought for passengers to register on their state’s Seva Sindhu portal. "Proof of self-registration will have to be shown to APSRTC officials before they board buses, and also to the Karnataka police at the border. Passengers will have to carry their Aadhaar," he said.

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