Double-decker buses can return to Hyderabad roads
Hyderabad: The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is planning to reintroduce “double-decker” bus services in the city, which were very popular at the time.
Along with adding 1,016 buses to its fleet, along with other electric buses, all buses will be equipped with vehicle tracking systems for the convenience of its commuters. The company, which has diversified into freight, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and a nursing school, is set to open ITI colleges in Hyderabad and Warangal.
Starting small with 27 buses and 166 employees, TSRTC today boasts a fleet of 10,000 buses and a workforce of 48,000.
The common man’s ideal mode of transport suffered losses to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore.
His reins were handed over to Senior IPS Officer, VC Sajjanar in September 2021. Since taking over as Managing Director, he has invigorated the company with new revenue generating strategies with the aim of reduce losses.
In an exclusive conversation with Deccan ChronicleSajjanar detailed his future plans for the organization and how he intends to cut his losses.
On the challenges he faced when taking over and how he plans to get the organization back on track, given the financial crisis it finds itself in, the man at the helm of his fortune said: “Our immediate concern is the abnormal fuel prices. You have to understand that our daily diesel consumption is around six lakh litres. Further adding, he said that although cost control is a priority area, he there would be no compromise on the facilities provided to the students.” We increase the services, after which the revenue-generating routes are increased in frequency. Those with low occupancy rates will effectively be reduced. Numerous scientific studies have been spent on our streamlining process,” he said.
Sajjanar explained that although they have added 1,016 new buses to their fleet, “we are working to have more electric buses in PPP mode.”
By the way, if things go according to his plans for the company, the day may not be far off when the city will see double-decker buses hitting the roads.
He said: “We are, in fact, keen to reintroduce this popular service. We are in talks with the main bus construction companies to define the modalities and the logistics. I am told that each double decker bus will cost between Rs 80 lakh and Rs one crore.
TSRTC suffered staggering losses and the impact of Covid-19 added to its woes. As someone who has seen incomes drop from near, Sajjanar has his own pragmatic solution to weathering the crisis.
“We urged the state government to release Rs 2,000 crore to us as immediate Covid-19 relief. Society has suffered the most during the lockdown. If our application gets the green light and the amount is released, I’m sure many of the financial issues can be resolved. The company oriented towards social services can then breathe easy.
It should be noted that the company recently extended the VRS option to its employees.
On why this decision was made when it was actually necessary to hire more people, the company’s managing director clarified: “We offer this option to those who suffer from health problems. In addition, more than 46% of our employees are in human resources departments, which should be enough for now.
Asked about the unions’ claim that the newly formed Employee Welfare Boards (EWBs) are not functioning at the required levels, Sajjanar dismissed the allegation saying that “this is not true. They have the freedom to elect their representatives. In addition, we plan to replace the new ISF body soon.