Hyderabad: Trouble-ridden TSRTC is in diversification mode as a means to enhance its revenues.
As per the plan charted by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Telangana State RTC is now ready to offer cargo services from this month-end. Further, the TSRTC is also readying itself to provide packers and movers services. TSRTC will begin cargo services with 50 vehicles and is expecting Rs 400 crore revenues per annum. Beginning with Telangana state, TSRTC will gradually expand cargo services to other States as well.
About 48,000 employees of TSRTC ended their record 52-day strike on November 25. The protest began on October 5. TSRTC suffered over Rs 350 crore revenue loss during the strike period.
It will be using old buses for cargo services. As many as 1,210 employees are required to offer cargo services using 822 buses. All the government departments will place orders with the only TSRTC. The transportation requirements of all the corporations and government departments for materials, furniture and other equipment, will be handed over to TSRTC, said an official.
TSRTC will engage one conductor at each depot as a marketing executive to take care of getting orders from government departments. The TSRTC will paint cargo buses with red colour on the body and cream on the back. The cargo buses will be available at all the TSRTC depots.
Towards this, the Corporation has decided to withdraw 822 ordinary passengers buses from the Greater Hyderabad limits.
Miyapur bus depot will modify 50 passenger buses every month, and the target is to make 822 buses ready by October.
TSRTC sees good demand for the cargo services like transportation of food grains to FCI godowns, government school textbooks, grains under fair price ration scheme, among other things.