Unions smell rat in sanction of 1,540 RTC buses

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Unions Smell Rat in Sanction of 1,540 RTC Buses, Telangana Mazdoor Union of APSRTC. The Telangana Mazdoor Union (TMU) of APSRTC has alleged foul play in the sanction of 1,540 buses to four mission cities of the State at a time when the State was about to be bifurcated.

The Telangana Mazdoor Union (TMU) of APSRTC has alleged foul play in the sanction of 1,540 buses to four mission cities of the State at a time when the State was about to be bifurcated.

Speaking to The Hans India, TMU president Ashwathama Reddy said the decision would only push the APSRTC into more losses as those buses would be guzzling more fuel and would be operated on select routes. The RTC buses must serve general population instead of serving the more privileged. Even the tariff in these buses was high, and many people would hesitate to board them.
According to the union leaders, the old buses manufactured by Ashok Leyland give a mileage of 4.5-5 kmpl under good conditions. However, the ultra-modern buses manufactured by the same company give a mileage of only 3 kmpl.
NMU president R N Nageshwar Rao said that the entire fleet was nothing but a ‘white elephant’ as it would take a longer time to repair them, and even their spare parts were costlier than those for normal buses.
Meanwhile, the APSRTC Employees Union welcomed the decision of government to reimburse the value-added tax (VAT) of 22 per cent on diesel to the corporation.
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