Heavy influx of pilgrims, passengers
The railway station and bus stand were over crowded in temple city for the last 10 days with heavy influx of pilgrims and reopening of schools and colleges in the next few days. Long queue lines became common for the general tickets at the railway station booking counters. Pilgrims are finding it very difficult to bear with the rush.
Tirupati: The railway station and bus stand were over crowded in temple city for the last 10 days with heavy influx of pilgrims and reopening of schools and colleges in the next few days. Long queue lines became common for the general tickets at the railway station booking counters. Pilgrims are finding it very difficult to bear with the rush.
- Rs 3.33 crore income for Tirupati railway station from 10 days in May
- RTC Tirupati region earned revenue of Rs 58.93 crore in May as against Rs 51.07 crore in April 2017
However, the summer rush to Tirumala proved beneficial to the railways and the cash crunched RTC. As there are no additional trains to meet the extra demand all regular trains are overcrowded. Each and every train is having long waiting lists for reservation categories.
More than 3.73 lakh general passengers travelled from Tirupati railway station during May 21-31, 2017 fetching revenue of Rs 3.33 crore. The average daily revenue during May 2016 was Rs 30.72 lakh. In May 2017, it has gone up to Rs 33.35 lakh. Generally, there would be huge surge between April and May figures.
For instance, in April 2016, Rs 5.68 crores revenue was collected from the general passengers while in May 2016 the amount has gone up to Rs 9.22 crore. Similarly, in April 2017, the total revenue from general passengers was Rs 7.15 crore. The earnings were Rs 3.33 crore from May 21 to 31, 2017.
In view of the heavy rush, the railway authorities have decided to run four special trains from Tirupati to Kakinada on every Sunday, Visakhapatnam on every Tuesday, Nanded on Wednesday and Nagarsol on every Friday in the month of June.
The APSRTC has also made arrangements to meet the increasing rush of pilgrims.
The occupancy ratio has gone up to 80 per cent in May 2017. During May 2016, it was 77 per cent. Significantly, it has gone up by 8 per cent from April to May 2017 which clearly indicates the increasing inflow of pilgrims. Thus, the RTC has fetched Rs 58.93 crore in May 2017 as against Rs 51.07 crore in April 2017.
It is estimated that more than 30 lakh passengers were travelled between Tirupati and Tirumala in either direction during May. People find it difficult to secure a seat in any RTC bus to any destination which leads to serious arguments among the fellow passengers.
Though RTC authorities were acting swiftly to run extra services according to the demand but they were unable to clear the rush. They are running special services to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vellore, Vijayawada, Kanchi, Tiruvannamalai and some other places. The authorities were expecting the same rush will continue till the schools and colleges are reopened.
By V Pradeep Kumar