Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to exempt the Telangana State RTC buses from the curfew restrictions besides allowing to open all shops except the Malls in Hyderabad from Thursday.
CM said that few shops have been allowed to open, people crowding the shops. Hence it is decided to permit all the shops expect Malls in Hyderabad. Customers and shop owners were urged to follow the Covid guidelines strictly. He said buses coming from the districts to reach JBS Bust station and also at the Imliban.
The CM held a review meeting on the RTC at Pragathi Bhavan here on Wednesday. Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, RTC MD Sunil Sharma, ED Yadagiri and others participated. On this occasion, the RTC officials explained about the situation following the revival of the RTC bus services.
“The RTC has incurred heavy losses due to the recent developments. When the problem was solved and when the situation is getting back to normal, the Corona issue came up. Though permission is given for some RTC buses to ply, due to the Curfew imposition, the buses are not playing to their full capacity. Every day RTC should get Rs 11 to 12 Crore income. During summer and marriages season the income should be Rs 15 Crore per day. Now the income if only Rs 2 crore per day. There is only 39 per cent occupancy in the buses. The main reason for this low occupancy was the imposition of curfew in the nights. Passengers going to their destinations were not been able to reach before 7 PM. Since this is peak summer, passengers would like to travel either in the morning or during the nights. Since buses are plying only during the daytime, it is not proved useful to people,” the RTC officials explained.
With this, the state government has taken a certain decision on the RTC:
- RTC buses are exempted from the Curfew restrictions
- RTC buses will be allowed to reach their destination during the curfew times. Taxies, Autos and other passenger vehicles will be allowed at the bust stands. Police will not stop passengers having the bus ticket to travel by their own cars.
- Buses coming from districts are leaving passengers at the JBS. From Thursday, buses will also drop passengers at the Imliban.
- Since Hyderabad city has a large number of Corona cases, city buses will not be in service for some more days.
- Observe the Greenery and Cleanliness programme in all the towns and villages from June 1 to 8 to contain the Corona as well against the possible outbreak of seasonal diseases during monsoon in the State.
- Clean the drainages, sewerages and allow free flow of the rainwater. Fill up crates and pits with soil so that rainwater will not be stagnant. Fill up all the potholes on roads. Ensure that rainwater does not stagnate on the roads.
- Fix the leakages of the drinking water pipelines. Water should not be contaminated with the leakages.
- Eradicate Mosquito larvae in Overhead tanks, underground water tanks, cement tanks, metal drums, earthen vessels and water harvesting tanks.
- Conduct fogging in all the residential areas.
- Use Bytex spray to kill Mosquitoes larvae and also use Oil Balls.
- Clear all unwanted vegetation,
- Spray one per cent Sodium Hypochlorite Phenolic disinfectant at all the Bus stands, markets, Schools, Hospitals premises, ration shops and Cart stands