The port city is expanding rapidly, public transport facilities of Buses failed to upgrade at the same pace.
VISAKHAPATNAM: However the port city is expanding rapidly, public transport facilities has failed to upgrade at the same pace, making the people residing or working on the city outskirts to suffer a lot. With the number of houses rising, new industries & offices coming up, the demand for the buses has gone up. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation runs about 630 buses in the city limits, which is inadequate in proportion to the number of people depending on the public transport. The city population has also jumped to around 20 lakh.
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Public transport facilities for an IT SEZ, Duvvada Railway station area, Airport, Pendurthi-Sontyam route, among others has remained very poor, going with tough time to IT companies to operate from there. “We are really fed up now after the APSRTC has not has started plying buses to IT SEZ, despite our consistent demand from the last after five years. So, we have arranged our own vehicles for the employees,” said O. Naresh Kumar, CEO of Symbiosys Technologies located at IT SEZ.
“Inadequate transport facilities, sometimes, discourage of people to work here. Even companies also find it hard to operate here,” he added. A startup founder, Ravi, said RTC buses ply only for two trips a day. “A bus is being run by a private operator, but that is not the sufficient for the employees. We have to wait for about one hour if we miss even a single bus,” he added.
Deputy chief traffic manager G. Satyanarayana said they had trimmed down some services due to the poor occupancy ratio. “We are assessing the situation now & will soon launch more services to the outskirts as per the demand,” he added. Another 200 buses could be required to meet the demand as the city is expanding with many new routes coming up.