Wednesday , December 12 2018

High bus fare irks Tirumala pilgrims in Andhra Pradesh

Over 9.000 bus passes issued by RTC to the TTD employees.

TSRTC Buses.

Vijayawada: The Tirumala Pilgrims have been raising objections over the bus ticket fare from Tirupati to Tirumala. RTC has issued around 9.000 bus passes to the TTD employees and the same burden has been transferred to the pilgrims.

Mr. T.P.V. Ramnath Naidu, A mobile company sales executive from Tirupati, has sent a communication in this regard to the  Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and transport minister Sidda Raghava Rao, seeking their intervention.

While the Lord of Seven Hills has been providing the direct employment to the 30,000 people, independent of endowments, and supporting the cause of two universities and a teaching hospital and the various government schemes, the RTC too could ask for an assistance or subsidy, Mr. Ramnath Naidu asked in his letter.

“Instead of collecting Rs 45 per ticket to Tirumala from Tirupati in RTC buses, the RTC can go in for a subsidy arrangement with TTD, as around 9,000 TTD employees are getting the subsidy from RTC,” he wrote.

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Since the TTD is financially sound and can bear the burden of the travel expenses of pilgrims, at least to some extent, tRTC also can add a little value addition to this holy exercise, he wrote.

When the same issue was brought to the notice of the Tirumala RTC depot manager K.L.N. Reddy, he told this correspondent that the TTD had been sharing two-thirds of the burden and RTC bearing the rest.

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