TSRTC, APSRTC spar over platforms

TSRTC, APSRTC spar over platforms
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Probably this how it starts and how people should not treat each other. The row between the RTCs of Andhra Pradesh and the Telangana States about the allocation of platforms in the bus stands is creating a new nuisance between the two states. 

Nalgonda: Probably this how it starts and how people should not treat each other. The row between the RTCs of Andhra Pradesh and the Telangana States about the allocation of platforms in the bus stands is creating a new nuisance between the two states.

  • APSRTC first ignited the feud, TSRTC reciprocated
  • Passengers are the real losers

The episode commenced with the APSRTC officials started fearing the performance of TSRTC buses, which were attracting more passengers due to their lower fare. Troubled by this, the APSRTC officials alleged that TSRTC buses were causing the losses to the APSRTC exchequer and started troubling them.

To dampen the performance of TSRTC buses, the APSRTC started allotting only one platform out of 80 in Vijayawada bus station. Due to this, Telangana buses are facing music at Vijayawada. They are not able to pick passengers due to lack of platforms.

As a result, many of them have started coming empty from Vijayawada. Same is the problem for buses on the routes at Nalgonda-Kakinada, Parakala-Guntur at respective destination bus stands. In a tit-for-tat manner, the TSRTC staff allotted only one platform to Andhra buses at Kodad, Suryapet, Narketpally, Miryalaguda and Mallepally where Andhra buses stop on their way to Hyderabad.

The local staff was not allowing the AP buses on other platforms even though they were vacant. Kodad TSRTC Depot Manager Srinivas Rao said one platform was allocated to the APSRTC buses in Kodad bus stand. He explained that Andhra depot buses halting for more time than required to increase their occupancy ratio creating troubles to TSRTC buses. In view of this, one platform was allotted to all APSRTC buses.

The platform-row between the two Telugu-speaking States creates inconvenience to the commuters, especially to senior citizens, women and children. Many have felt it would be beneficial if both the RTCs could solve the issue in an acceptable manner in the interest of common man.

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