The APSRTC is setting new benchmarks in daily earnings, as the novel measures it has taken up have proved to be fruitful in containing discrepancies, both technically and manually. With the recent move to cultivate more professionalism among its personnel, it appears the organisation, which was amassing only losses, is setting new standards.
Chairman M Satyanarayana Rao has applauded the efforts of the crew for reaching higher profits. “The same commitment, which brought the organisation Rs.24 crore a day, should be maintained,” he said, while addressing the employees on Independence Day.
On August 13, the APSRTC set an all-time record of Rs.23.95 crore. The OR (occupancy ratio) was recorded as 97, which is unlikely when it comes to general working days. This was cited as the biggest achievement considering the past 80 years. The earlier records that were set in the recent years were during festival seasons like Sankranti, Dussera, Shivaratri and Medaram Jatara. “This could be achieved only because of the personnel commitment and because of running special buses according to the needs of the passengers,” Rao pointed out.
Earlier, the APSRTC recorded the highest income, Rs.23.60 crore, on February 2 this year on Medaram and Shivaratri. An OR of 80 per cent was recorded. On January 17, 2011, it recorded Rs.20.30 crore and an OR of 91 per cent for Sankranti season. Similar was the record the previous year on January 18, Rs.22.06, the highest until now. With the highest OR of 108 per cent on Dussera on October 13, the profit recorded was `19 crore.
Three zones (Greater Hyderabad, Nellore and Kadapa), along with nine regions and 86 depots, recorded over 100 per cent OR on this day.