TSRTC Mini Palle Velugu buses will now be a thing of past. The TSRTC proposes to replace them with mini buses on rural routes. According to TRSTC officials, low occupancy rate in the buses and resultant revenue loss has led to the management taking the decision.
The Palle Velugu buses are run on village routes to enable people to travel from one place to another and also the farmers to carry their produce from villages to urban areas.
These buses have been attracting good patronage during morning and evening hours. But, the occupancy rate in them is low during afternoon and night-time. At time, each bus with just eight and ten passengers is operated.
“These Mini Palle Velugu buses have small engine, diesel consumption is low compared to the 55-seater bus, and it can be easily operated in the villages and on single roads,” said a senior official in the corporation.
The officials have decided to initially start the Mini Palle Velugu buses on the routes where there is inadequate patronage and later extend these services to other routes gradually phasing out the Palle Velugu buses.
The officials are examining the proposal to run either 22-seater or 32-seater buses. To reduction in operational losses, the corporation has also decided to withdraw the conductor and ask the driver to issue tickets through TIMS (ticket issuing machine).