Published on : Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The passengers and the tourists prefer the private owned bus operators than the government buses in the South Indian state Telangana as the private bus operators use the updated technology and the buses with new features.
The passengers going to destinations such as Shirdi, Tirupati, Srisailam consider booking Telangana tourism operated buses apart from dozens of different private operators who run services on the same routes.
However, the buses of the government tourism department are at a disadvantage in front of private travels as they operate latest bus models with new features.
The Tourism Department has 42 buses, including 14 air-conditioned ones. Of these 14 are Volvo and Benz model buses. Nearly a dozen buses badly need service and these are lying idle in a shed near Lower Tank Bund here. Since some time, the private operators in the city of Hyderabad switched to multi-axle buses that offer higher seating capacity, comfortable travel and affecting the passengers less on bumpy roads. The tour operators pressed these latest models into service on high demand routes such as Shirdi and Tirupati and this is where the Tourism Department has been losing the market.
When Anjaneya Reddy was the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) chairman in the combined state (2004-2005), tourism buses were replaced with new ones after the reading crossed 5 lakh km. Anjaneya Reddy got credits for revamping the APTDC in Andhra Pradesh.