After two months of shut down due to nationwide lockdown, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to resume its inter-State bus services between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from Wednesday, June 17.
As per KSRTC, the services will reopen in a phased manner. In the first phase, the buses will ply between Bengaluru and Tirupati, Vijayawada, Puttaparthi, and Nellore. As of yet, only non-AC buses will be running on these routes. The transport corporation will also operate buses from Ballari to Mantralaya, Kurnool and other places, as well as from Raichur to Mantralaya and Shahpur to Mantralaya and Kurnool.
According to an official from KSRTC, as many as 160 buses of KSRTC would be running from Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh and the same number of buses of Andhra Pradesh’s transport corporation would be running to different destinations in Karnataka, including Bengaluru.
The decision has been taken following approvals from both the states to operate inter-state buses. As per the agreements, both the corporations can operate 550 buses each. However, the KSRTC will be plying buses based on people’s response, hence, 160 buses in the first phase and the number of services will be increased in the next five phases.