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Telangana State Road Transport Corporation

Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is a state-owned corporation that runs transport services within the Indian state of Telangana. It was formed in 2014 by splitting the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.[2] Many other Indian metro towns in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Odisha and Chhattisgarh are also linked with the services of TSRTC. It serves about 89.4 lakh passengers every day, having three zones and Services operating through 96 depots.[3]

Telangana State Road Transport Corporation
IndustryBus Service
Founded2014; 5 years ago (2014)
Headquarters,
India
Area served
Key people
ServicesPublic Road Transport Service
Number of employees
1,00,593 (2017)[1]
ParentUnder Ministry of Road Transport, Government of Telangana
Websitewww.tsrtc.telangana.gov.in

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HistoryEdit

Road transport corporation in Telangana State was first established as NSRRTD (Nizam State Rail & Road Transport Department), a wing of Nizam State Railway in the erstwhile Hyderabad State, in 1932, with 27 buses and 166 employees. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) was established on 11 January 1958 in pursuance of the Road Transport Corporations Act 1950. Consequent upon bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh state into Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh, TSRTC operated as a separate entity from 03.06.2015. The Government of Telangana has subsequently established Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), on 27.04.2016, under the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950.

DivisionsEdit

TSRTC has three zones, Hyderabad, Greater Hyderabad and Karimnagar.It has 13 regions,97 depots and 357 bus stations. TSRTC buses undertake operations on 3,687 routes, with an approximate fleet of 10,479 under its wing.[4]

Types of servicesEdit

TSRTC operates various kinds of services catering to the needs of people from all walks of life connecting villages towns and cities. TSRTC brands its services based on the level of comfort.

Premium servicesEdit

Air conditioned buses are branded "Vajra", "Vennela", "Garuda Plus", "Garuda" and "Rajadhani" (previously known as Indra).

  • Vajra

TSRTC started its new service named Vajra with a tag line 'mobility redefined'. To reduce the burden of travel within the City and to provide bus facility nearer to door step, Mini AC Buses called “Vajra” are being introduced to provide direct bus facility from various colonies in Hyderabad to Warangal, Nizamabad, Godavarikhani and Karimnagar city Ac buses are back with the motto of “Service at Door Step”.[5]

  • Vennela

Vennela is the most expensive and comfortable service operated by TSRTC. Vennela translates to moonlight in Telugu. These are Isuzu buses fabricated by JCBL with sleeper berths arranged perpendicular to the body similar to a first class train. Each berth has its own LED TV with pre-loaded movies. Value added services include a 500ml water bottle, facial wipes and blanket. There are currently only three Vennela buses in TSRTC. All of them are operated to Bengaluru out of Hyderabad-3 depot in Musheerabad.

  • Garuda Plus
     
    GARUDA Plus

TSRTC operates Multi axle buses of Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Scania make as Garuda Plus buses. Designed for superior ride quality, these buses have reclining seats. Few old buses also have calf rests. There are two/three led TV s in each bus with pre loaded movies depending on the make. As in Vennela, passengers are given a 500ml water bottle, blanket and a packet of facial wipes. TSRTC operates Garuda plus buses on long distance interstate routes. Buses are operated in various routes like Khammam-Bengaluru, Hyderabad-Adilabad, Hyderabad-Karimnagar, Hyderabad-Mumbai, Hyderabad-Vijayawada, Hyderabad-Bengaluru, Nizamabad-Bengaluru, Nizamabad-Tirupati, Warangal-Bengaluru, Godavarikhani-Bengaluru, Karimnagar-Bengaluru, Hyderabad-Pune, Hyderabad-Chennai, Hyderabad-Nagpur.

  • Garuda

TSRTC operates bi-axle buses of Volvo and Isuzu make as Garuda. There have been no additions to the fleet since 2009 apart from a few Vennela which were downgraded as Garuda. This class of service will be phased out slowly. Designed for superior ride quality, these buses have reclining seats.As in Vennela, passengers are given a 500ml water bottle, blanket and a packet of facial wipes.The famous routes of Garuda is Hyderabad-Warangal and Karimnagar, Vijayawada.

  • Rajadhani
     
    Rajadhani

TSRTC operates AC buses built on Ashok Leyland's 12M Viking chassis as Rajadhani. Introduced in 2011, these buses were earlier branded as Indra. Rajadhani buses act a bridge between mid level service "Super Luxury" and premium service "Garuda Plus". These buses are generally operated to state capital Hyderabad from various district headquarters. These are also operated on high frequency long distance routes. Only water bottles are provided in these buses.

Mid-level servicesEdit

 
Metro Deluxe

Mid-level services are branded "Super Luxury", "Deluxe" and "Express".

  • Super Luxury

These are non-airconditioned 2+2 push back services which are run from major cities. These are video coaches in which various movies are played. Most of the buses are of Ashok Leyland, Tata, Eicher etc.

  • Deluxe

These are non-airconditioned 2+2 services which are run as intercity services. The colour of a Deluxe bus is violet. Most of the buses are of Ashok Leyland, Tata, Eicher etc.

  • Express
 
Express Bus

These are non-airconditioned 3+2 services which are run as intercity services. The colour of an Express bus is light blue and dark blue. Most of the buses are of Ashok Leyland, Tata, Eicher etc.

TSRTC runs city route buses in urban areas like Suryapet, Mahabubnagar, Siddipet, Godavarikhani and Khammam.

Entry-level servicesEdit

 
Metro Express

Entry-level ordinary service is branded as "Pallevelugu". City buses in Hyderabad and Warangal are also branded in a similar fashion. Air conditioned city buses are branded "Metro Luxury" and "City Sheetal". The buses to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) are called "Pushpak". Premium city buses are branded as "Metro Deluxe" and "Metro Express" where as the entry level "Ordinary" buses are not given any name but are commonly referred to as a "City Bus". These service categories should not be confused with local arrangements like "Merupu", "Trisul" and "Ramabanam".

Current fleetEdit

Advance reservation facility is provided through Online Passenger Reservation System (OPRS) for the different types of services mentioned hereunder:

Type Number of Services
Metro Luxury (AC Volvo 9400) 80
Vajra (AC Semi-Sleeper Mini Bus) 93
Garuda Plus (AC Semi-Sleeper Multi Axle) 46
Garuda (AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo / Isuzu) 30
Indra / Rajadhani (2 + 2 AC Semi-Sleeper) 101
Vennela (AC Sleeper) 4
Super Luxury (2 + 2 Non-AC Pushback) 1748
Deluxe (2 + 2 Non-AC) 480
Express (3 + 2 Non-AC) 2633

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • Highest KMPL fuel efficiency for the year 2014-15[6][7]
  • Award for Excellence 2016 - Best Bus Transportation[8][9]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 11 September 2018 India’s worst bus tragedy took place in Telangana when a bus belonging to Jagtial depot was jam-packed with 88 passengers swerved off a ghat road and hurtled 30ft down onto a valley at Sanivarampet killing 56 people and injuring 32 on-board. The mishap occurred when bus driver Srinivas lost control over the wheel near Sanivarampet . Srinivas reportedly failed to slow down the vehicle as he failed to see a speed-breaker. When the bus hit the bump at  speed, Srinivas lost control over the wheel, resulting in the mishap. The vehicle turned turtle four times before falling onto the valley.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TSRTC AT A GLANCE".
  2. ^ Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (16 May 2014). "It will be TGSRTC from June 2". The Hindu. Hyderabad. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ "TSRTC BUSES Complete Information". rtc.telangana.gov.in. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  4. ^ Srinivas, K. "RTC Bifurcation into APSRTC, TSRTC soon". The Hans India. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ TSRTC bags mileage award
  7. ^ TSRTC bags two major awards
  8. ^ TSRTC gets award for excellence
  9. ^ TSRTC bags award for the second time
  10. ^ "57 dead, 32 hurt in India's worst bus tragedy in Telangana - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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