Employees of APSRTC have passionately opposed to a decision, saying that it encourages privatization.
VIJAYAWADA: The RTC’s move to hand over charge of an online passenger reservation services (OPRS) of 32 bus stations to the online ticket booking firm www.abhibus.com has sparked a row.
The RTC management has also made a proposal to hand over an online ticketing system of some bus stations to the another private company Redbus.in.
Employees of APSRTC have passionately opposed to a decision, saying that it encourages privatization. However, the proposal was suggested in November 2016 and put on hold as the result of the furore raised by workers, the RTC management has now issued a circular that management of an OPRS will be handed over to Abhibus.com and Redbus.in. Unions worker have called for protests across the entire state. Dharnas will be held at the 123 bus depots.
Workers fear that handing over charge of the OPRS will affect the revenue of RTC, as abhibus.com also sells tickets of private tour operators.
Damodhar, deputy general secretary of the Employees Union, said that the RTC, which was already facing a stiff competition from private operators, will further lose revenue if this decision is implemented. APSRTC VC and MD M. Malakondaiah said that they had not handed over anything to the Abhibus as yet.
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He added that the company had submitted the proposal to the RTC in August 2016, with a strategy to improve the occupancy ratio of RTC buses; and that Abhibus had been associated with the RTC since 2014.