Representative imageVIJAYAWADA: Even as interstate bus services from Andhra Pradesh remain suspended, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is looking to start city services soon. A proposal has been sent to the state government regarding the operation of city services and the APSRTC is awaiting the decision of the government.
The APSRTC plans to resume services by September 20, when the eligibility test for village and ward secretariat posts is slated to be held, and for which more than 10 lakh aspirants are expected to appear. At present, the APSRTC is running city services only in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.
There is no clarity on the resumption of bus services to Telangana with talks between officials of the transport corporations of both states failing to yield results as yet. The issue of operating a certain number of services by each state has been a contentious issue since bifurcation that over the years has been resolved through consultations at various levels. The easing of restrictions on interstate movement by the Union government, however, has brought to the fore the dispute on the number of services to be operated between the two states.
An agreement between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states that an equal number of services are to be operated by both states. However, 90% of bus services to Telangana from various districts of Andhra Pradesh ply to Hyderabad. This has become a bone of contention at a time when transport corporations of both states are struggling with operational issues due to Covid-19.