Passengers elated as APSRTC resumes limited services in Chittoor region

Passengers elated as APSRTC resumes limited services in Chittoor regionA driver bows before the RTC bus with folded hands before its starting in Tirupati on Thursday Photo: Kalakata Radhakrishna

  • APSRTC Chittoor region decides to operate 189 buses in 22 routes in the district
  • The buses are plied with reduced seating capacity to maintain social distance as per norms

Tirupati: Following the government decision to operate bus services in the state, APSRTC Chittoor region began its bus services after a gap of almost two months in the district on Thursday.

The response to the RTC bus service is moderate with 40-50 percent occupancy which are being operated with reduced seating capacity to maintain physical distance between the passengers.

There were more services for the buses bound for Kadapa, Chittoor, Madanapalli, Kuppam and Vijayawada from here.

Following the government orders, APSRTC Chittoor region decided to operate 189 buses in 22 routes in Chittoor district from Thursday from the sprawling RTC central bus station here which wore a deserted look since the lock down began on March 22, came to life.

Many passengers were seen anxiously arriving since the morning to the bus station to go to their places.

RTC personnel were busy checking the passenger to ensure all of them wearing masks, sanitised and also maintain social distance.

Some of the drivers and conductors turned emotion before starting the bus services while passengers were visibly elated to get the travel facility to return to their places.

For the convenience of the passengers, RTC set up counters for sale of tickets at the bus station and also allowed conductors to issue tickets through cashless transaction.

It also made arrangements for sanitisation of all the buses before and after the completion of the trips.

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