Amaravati: The APSRTC has decided to develop NTR Bus Stand in Guntur on the lines of Pandit Nehru Bus Station in Vijayawada in a phased manner to get capital look to the bus stand. 

As a part of the plan, RTC management sanctioned Rs 40 lakh for the development of the bus stand.

First, they will set up a video wall at a cost of Rs 30 lakh to provide entertainment and necessary information to the passengers in the bus stand. As many as 47 CC cameras will be set up at arrival and departure blocks in the bus stand at a cost of Rs10 lakh. 

The CC cameras will be interlinked to a control room, which will be monitored by an official in the RTC bus stand. In case of need, they will alert the police at outpost to take further action. 

The NTR Bus Stand will be developed before Krishna Pushkarlu. The RTC officials have decided to operate more bus services to Velagapudi for the convenience of the employees to be shifted to temporary Secretariat. At present, the RTC is plying a bus to Velagapudi for every 30 minutes. 

As soon as employees will be shifted to temporary Secretariat, they will operate 80 additional bus services between Guntur and Mangalagiri. 

Similarly, RTC is ready to operate Volvo, Garuda and Garuda Plus bus services for the convenience of the employees going to Hyderabad from temporary Secretariat on weekends.

The RTC has provided online reservation facility from Tullur RTC Bus Stand. They are seeking a place to park the buses near the temporary Secretariat and other government offices in Guntur.  

Speaking to ‘The Hans India’, APSRTC Guntur Regional Manger G Srihari informed that they would operate 600 additional bus services to 86 Pushkar ghats in addition to existing 200 buses for the convenience of pilgrims. He said that they would operate 864 bus services to various ghats for Krishna Pushkaralu. 

He said in case of need, “We will operate some more bus services for pilgrims.” He said they have already asked the RTC management to send 30 new buses for city services. He said they have already provided chairs on the bus platforms in the bus stand. 

The regional manager said they were expecting 20 city bus services soon. “We will keep some buses near Pushkar Nagar for the convenience of the pilgrims,” he added. 

MLA Modugula Venugopala Reddy asked the government to sanction bus services to Guntur immediately. The government agreed to send the buses.