Tirupati: APSRTC to resume bus services to Tamil Nadu after 8 months
After a gap of 8 months, the State-run transport corporation APSRTC is to resume its inter-State bus services to Tamil Nadu, the neighbouring State from November 25
Tirupati: After a gap of 8 months, the State-run transport corporation APSRTC is to resume its inter-State bus services to Tamil Nadu, the neighbouring State from November 25. RTC, Tirupati region plies 200 services to various towns and cities in Tamil Nadu from where pilgrims to Tirumala arrive more and also the district has close association with the State due to sizable number of Tamil population in Chittoor district.
A senior official disclosed that to begin with the RTC is planning to operate 124 buses from Chittoor district to various towns in Tamil Nadu including Chennai (25), Vellore (25), Kanchi (10), Tiruttani (5), Puducheri (3) and other places.
With the Covid cases both in Tamil Nadu more so in Chennai, the capital city and also in Chittoor district particularly Tirupati, the pilgrim centre, which reported maximum numbers cases in the district coming down, the RTC management gave green signal to resume bus services from the district to Tamil Nadu, the official said adding that if required RTC will immediately increase the number of bus services if there is more demand.
Advance reservation facility is available for Chennai and Puducheri bus services. The region is already running the inter-State bus services to Hyderabad and Bengaluru for the convenience of the pilgrims and general public.
It is pertinent to note that the Railways also decided to resume the inter-State train Sapthagiri Express connecting Tirupati with Chennai city improving transport facility, which was hit due to the pandemic, between the two cities.
Ahead of the resuming of the bus services to Tamil Nadu, Regional Manager T Chengal Reddy on Sunday held a meeting with senior officials including Assistant Traffic Manager (ATM) Viswanath, Tirupati depot assistant manager (traffic) Pushpalatha and others on the required measures for operating the bus services.
Reddy said that those visiting Tirupati on pilgrimage for darshan of Lord Venkateswara, Tirumala should have darshan ticket for advance booking of bus tickets for Tirumala.
In case of no darshan ticket, the pilgrims should get down in Tirupati and avail the darshan tickets (Offline Sarva Darshan) being issued daily by the TTD in Vishnu Nivasam and Bhudevi Complex for going to Tirumala.