Telangana Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar on Saturday flagged off 50 new super luxury buses purchased by the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC).
The minister inaugurated the new buses at Tank Bund in Hyderabad in the presence of TSRTC Chairman Bajireddy Goverdhan and Managing Director VC Sajjanar.
The Chief Minister said that these 50 buses are part of the 776 buses to be purchased by TSRTC in the first phase.
The corporation plans to add 1,016 more buses worth 392 million euros to its fleet this financial year.
In the first phase of procurement, TSRTC has placed an order for 630 super luxury, 130 luxury buses and 16 sleeper buses. All these buses will start plying on different routes by March 2023.
The new super luxury buses purchased by TSRTC are equipped with an upgraded technology for passenger safety. These buses have a tracking system and a panic button which is connected to the TSRTC control room.
The TSRTC control room will be informed if any passenger presses the panic button in case of emergency. Each bus has 36 reclining seats, LED display boards, mobile phone charging facilities and televisions for entertainment.
For passenger safety, security cameras and reverse parking assist cameras are installed in the buses.
The vehicles will also have a state-of-the-art fire detection and alarm system (FDAS). The system sends instant alerts if a fire breaks out in the bus. It will also have a temperature sensor that will trigger an alarm if it overheats.
This is the largest number of buses acquired by the RTC, the largest in its history. The minister said that even though TSRTC suffered a loss of Rs 2,000 crore due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has extended all assistance to the corporation to overcome it.
TSRTC Chairman Bajireddy Goverdhan said TSRTC was procuring a large number of new buses, thanks to the support of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. He thanked the Chief Minister for providing Rs 500 crore to TSRTC every year.
Bajireddy Goverdhan said the corporation was able to cut losses due to the efforts of its employees. He also stated that the corporation had released five pending installments of Dearness Allowance (DA) to the employees. Despite the increase in the price of diesel, the corporation did not increase the rates.
— THE IANS
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