Visakhapatnam: In the north coastal Andhra Pradesh, a total of 407 buses will be operated from the RTC Vizianagaram zone, said C Ravi Kumar, the zonal executive director on Wednesday.
“We will start the buses from 7am on May 21 on select routes. There will be no bus services in Visakhapatnam city. We will be operating inter-district services. We are yet to decide on the services to other states and cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore,” Ravi Kumar told TOI.
While 135 buses will operate from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts, 115 buses from Visakhapatnam and 157 buses from East Godavari district that fall under the Vizianagaram zone will ply .
“If anyone want to travel from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam, they have to come via Rajahmundry by a change of bus. There is no direct bus from Visakhapatnam to Vijayawada as of now,” Ravi Kumar added.
The RTC Vizianagaram regional manager Appala Raju said that starting with 10%-20% of the buses on Thursday and their number will be increased in a phased manner. Further, the RTC is facilitating booking of seats in advance and on-spot booking through APSRTC online for all buses in a phased manner, Appala Raju added.
“Conductors have been done away with to avoid cash transactions, queues and rushing of passengers into the bus,” Raju said.