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  • Operating 6,557 buses, say officials

Hyderabad: TSRTC management has claimed that it has restored 73.27 per cent of bus services in Telangana after making alternative arrangements in order to put an end to inconveniences being faced by commuters.

The number of buses deployed so far has touched 6,557, thanks to which services are working as per schedule, according to a senior official at the Corporation. A good augury is that all types of bus passes are valid, and temporary conductors have been trained to use TIM device, which are being used in 6,185 buses, while tickets are issued manually in about 300 buses.

“The management is operating over 6,500 buses, including 4,616 from our own depots and 1,841 vehicles that have been hires. The overall figure may touch 7, 000 by Wednesday evening. According to figures available, by Monday night, 73.27 per cent of bus services, spread over all 33 districts, have been restored, including in the interiors. We have given temporary appointments to 4,616 drivers and 6,557 conductors,” said the official.

Giving statistics, the official pointed out that of 866 buses in Warangal region, 700 have been pressed into service, over 670 are on the roads in Karimnagar region; 500 in Nizamabad; 543 buses of 638 in undivided Medak district; 280 buses under four depots in undivided Nalgonda and 495 buses are being operated in the undivided Adilabad district.

The employees, whose strike entered the 39th day, have given a damn to the November 5 deadline given by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Reportedly less than 500 employees have reported for duty.

Meanwhile, the Telangana State Cabinet on November 2 decided to privatise 5,100 routes, which was stayed by the High Court.

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