Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
"Lifeline of the Nation"
"బస్సు చక్రం రాష్ట్ర ప్రగతికి చిహ్నం"
|Public Sector Corporation under the Ministry of Transport of the State Government's of Andhra Pradesh|
|Founded||11 January 1958|
|B Satyanarayana, Chairman
D.J.PurnaChandra Rao(I.P.S) , Vice-Chairman and managing director
|Products||Bus transport, Services|
|Revenue||51 billion (US$810 million)|
|1.18 billion (US$19 million)|
Number of employees
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (or APSRTC) is the state-owned road transport corporation in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The network connects cities, towns and villages in Andhra Pradesh and also to the neighboring states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry, Maharashtra, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Goa. It has as many as 261 routes in Karnataka state alone. It is the first transport system to nationalize passenger Road Transport Services (1932), introducing long distance night expresses, Depot computerisation (1986) etc.
APSRTC was established in 1932 as a unit of Nizam's State Railways - Road Transport Division with 27 buses and 166 employees. Later by the States Reorganisation Act Andhra Pradesh formed with merger of Hyderabad State with Andhra state. On 11 January 1958 it is incorporated as APSRTC.
All the APSRTC buses have the letter Z in their registration. This dates back to the introduction of the bus service in 1936 when the VII Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan wanted to name the service after his mother Zehra Begum. However, he was advised against this and as a compromise, the letter Z was added on the number plates of all state buses.
The Corporation's buses cover 79.83 lakhs KMs. and carry 156.78 lakhs people to their destinations every day. They connect 23,388/5010 villages to all major towns and cities in A.P which constitutes 95% of Road Transport. APSRTC operates to City and Mofussil areas. The Corporation's buses also ply to important towns and cities in the neighboring States of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Odisha and Chattisgarh.
The entire network is under the administrative control of 23 Regional Managers in 7 Zones. Zonal Head Quarters are at Hyderabad. APSRTC under the present name was established on 11th January 1958 in pursuance of the Road Transport Corporations Act 1950.
Passengers can buy a ticket to a destination at the Bus Complex. While tickets are almost always available for short distances, some long distance routes like Tirupathi to Bangalore may not be available at the counter and have to be reserved in advance.
Tickets can be bought online at http://www.apsrtconline.in/oprs-web/login/show.do
A system to reserve ticket on telephone and home delivery was introduced in 1995. As of today this facility is available in 25 towns/ cities.
APSRTC issues bus passes to students, physically challenged. It also issues passes to general commuters which allow them to perform unrestricted travel within the city where the pass is taken. The pass can be taken for a day or a month and the cost varies accordingly. It also issues special passes to NGOs, youth attending interviews, freedom fighters, and children of the employees. Eligibility criteria can be checked at http://apsrtc.gov.in/Bus%20Pass%20Eligibility.pdf.
APSRTC supplies buses to the private parties on hire basis for the purpose of pilgrimage, marriages, leisure travel, meetings, excursions etc.
The parties who desire to hire a bus may place printed requisition with the Depot Manager with details like from, to places, timings, date. On receipt of requisition, the Depot Manager will calculate the estimated amount for the distance and collects the same from the hirer in advance. After completion of special hire contract, the balance amount refundable will be paid to the hirer within three days.
|Type||Number of Buses|
|A/C(Vennela-16, GRD Plus-41, GRD- 94, Indra-156)||307|
|Non A/C (S.Lux-1734, DLX-1015, EXP-3908, Ghat Exp-432)||7089|
|Rural Transport (Palle Velugu)||9755|
|Urban Transport (A/C-96,M.DLX-1929,M.EXP-1380, City Ord-3411, Mini-103)||5182|
Awards and achievements
- It entered Guinness Book of World Records on 31 October 1999, with 22,000 buses making it the largest bus fleet in the world.
- Highest KMPL fuel efficiency for the year 2011-12 - Mofussit services and Vijayawada (urban division).
- Best Road Safety record for the year 2012-13.
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has a number of firsts to its credit in India.
- First to nationalize passenger Road Transport Services in the country-1932.
- First to introduce long distance night express services.
- First to introduce A/C Sleeper, Hi-tech, Metro Liner, Inter-City Services and Metro Express.
- First to introduce Depot computerisation-1986.
- First to appoint Safety Commissioner for improving the safety of the passengers.
- All the 211 Depots in the State are computerized.
- Reservation of tickets on telephone and door delivery of tickets.
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