While the number of cases continued to increase in Andhra Pradesh, the state RTC authorities on Wednesday took a massive step which is drawing sharp criticism. Days after resuming the intercity bus services in specific cities, APSRTC is now mulling to allow 100 per cent occupancy in bus services.
Though the state-owned road transport corporation resumed the services from May 1st after a nationwide lockdown from March, the buses were allowed with only half occupancy adhering to COVID guidelines. The authorities even made all necessary changes in APSRTC software to fill only 49 per cent of the seats.
However, with the recent decision, RTC buses will run with fill occupancy as per the directions given by the state government. The authorities also stated that all necessary changes will be made on the official website very soon. This move has been welcoming sharp criticism form all verticals in the wake of increasing cases.
On the other hand, there has been no clarity over the inter-state bus services for Telangana while a series of talks between the transport corporations of both states failing to yield results. Services to Hyderabad turned to be the bone of contention with almost 90 per cent of services from AP ply in this particular route.