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RTC strike makes losses mount

RTC strike makes losses mount
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While the government claims that it would bring a turnaround and take RTC into profits by going in for more number of hired buses, the private bus operators say that the reality was something different.

Hyderabad: While the government claims that it would bring a turnaround and take RTC into profits by going in for more number of hired buses, the private bus operators say that the reality was something different.

According to a senior officer, the hire bus operators were claiming that they were facing losses and it would be difficult to operate in this manner.

On the other hand, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation is losing nearly Rs 8 crore per day on an average on account of the indefinite strike of the RTC employee unions and the government's stand to sack the striking employees.

For past seven days, the Corporation did not cross revenue of Rs 1 crore per day.

Though the government claims that it was operating about 8,000 buses per day, the revenue has been hitting rock bottom as there is no proper accountability.

In most of the buses the conductors are charging more than the prescribed fares but no tickets are issued. They have to only deposit the money they had agreed to pay the corporation for operating the bus.

Since October 5, the Corporation has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 50 crore. Sources said that a marginal increase of Rs 50,000 per day was witnessed on two days and instead of Rs 1 crore, they mopped up Rs 1.5 crore due to festival rush.

Union leaders said that the management was not operating the long-distance a/c and luxury buses since the drivers appointed temporarily are inexperienced.

The officials are using the normal buses even for long distances like Karimnagar but the charges collected from the passengers are of luxury buses by the private operators.

During the normal days, the TSRTC generates revenue of Rs 10 crore every day and during the festival rush, the revenue goes up further. However, during the last seven days, the revenues have drastically come down.

The RTC could not get the revenue benefit even after the private operators displayed boards like 'Bus pass not accepted'.

Sources also said that the consumption of diesel has also come down drastically and this has also left impact on the revenue.

The RTC buses consume seven lakh litres of diesel per day and during these strike days, the consumption has come down by 50 to 60 per cent per cent, sources said.

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