www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.42°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 05:44 Sunset: 06:32 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS RTC RIDING OUT OF RED With fewer services and staff, many depots begin making proﬁts K CHANDRASEKHAR Taj turning green; top court sees red New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over the change of colour of the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra and said the monument had become yellowish earlier and was now turning brownish and greenish. The apex court suggested that the Centre take the assistance of experts from India and abroad to first assess the damage and then take steps to restore the historic monument. S P7 10 spl courts to try cases against MPs, MLAs functional New Delhi: Ten out of the 12 special courts, set up to try nearly 1,600 criminal cases pending against MPs and MLAs, have started functioning, the Law Ministry has said. The remaining two courts -- one each in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu -are likely to start functioning soon, it said. Hyderabad: Do you know the secret behind the TSRTC making proﬁts? Over 4,000 staff have retired during the last four years and bus services to various cities have come down. The management had hired buses, instead of purchasing them. RTC is in profits but at the cost of its services. Recently, Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy said that 27 depots had started making proﬁts and 56 depots have brought down their losses and soon many other depots would also cut losses. As on today, the losses suffered by the Corporation are Rs 480 crore, according to officials in RTC. The services have been decreased and with limited services and heavy rush, the revenues are bound to increase. “If the bus services are not in operation, there will be no chance of operational losses because the cost incurred per km is Rs 38.89 and the earnings per km is Rs 34.80 resulting in a loss of Rs 4.09 per km,” said a senior official. A different success ride Economy of operations Cost per km: `38.89 Earnings per km: `34.80 Loss per km: `4.09 Staff strength May 2015: 56,625 Dec 2017: 52,895 Over 4,000 employees retired as on today From 24 services to Mumbai, RTC now operates only 4 Fewer services ensure 105% occupancy ratio Instead of buying new buses, RTC going in for hired buses 1,200 hired buses in united AP l 2,400 hired buses in TS now According to official ﬁgures as per the ‘TSRTC at a Glance’, as on December 2017 the total staff working in TSRTC was 52,895 whereas the staff during May 2015 were 56,625, showing a decrease of 3,730 employees. The number has further increased and now gone up to over 4,000 employees, said a source. Giving an example, a Union leader said that there used to be 24 services to Mumbai but now there are only four services. Similar is the case to other remote locations in the State. The authorities have decreased the services resulting in limited buses and overcrowded buses, the union leader said. Employees Union General Secretary K Raji Reddy said that the number of hire buses has doubled in the last four years. During the undivided Andhra Pradesh there used to be 1200 hire buses but after formation of Telangana, the number of hire buses has increased to 2,400. Earlier, there used to be tender period and after the end of tender period, the authorities used to call fresh applications with nonrefundable deposits but now the officials are extending the tenders with re-agreement method without calling fresh applications, said Raji Reddy. TSRTC Telangana Jathiya Mazdoor Union (TJMU) leader K Hanumanthu said that the actual reason for increase in the proﬁts in some depots was because of the increase in the occupancy ratio. The authorities ﬁrst decreased the services in the interior areas and the buses get crowded with lesser service resulting in increases in the occupancy ratio upto 105 per cent. Red carpet welcome awaits Akhilesh OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Next in line for Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to meet will be former chief minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav who will be arriving in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The two leaders will discuss the broad contours of the political alternative that KCR is visualising - Federal Front - which is essentially meant to challenge the ConContinued on P4 gress and the BJP. Irrigation Minister Harish Rao along with The Hans India Editor V Ramu Sarma at the mega blood donation camp organised by The Hans India and HMTV with Indian Red Cross Society at TNGO Bhavan in Siddipet town on May Day KAPIL GROUP BLOOD DONATION CAMP A HIT ACROSS TS Harish all praise for Hans, HMTV OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Debunking the myth that donating blood during summer could be hazardous to health, The Hans India, HMTV and Kapil Group on Tuesday jointly organised blood donation camp in coordination with the Red Cross Society across the 10 erstwhile districts of Telangana. The idea of holding the blood camp was to create awareness among people that there is no harm in donating blood during summer. Irrigation Minister T Har- ish Rao inaugurating the Siddipet blood donation camp, appreciated the efforts of The Hans India and HMTV and said he was immensely inspired by the concept of mobilising blood during summer months and assured the gathering that he would take the spirit forward and organise two more blood donation camps in Siddipet. Health Minister C Laxma Reddy inaugurated the camp in Mahbubnagar and appreciated the efforts made by The Hans India, HMTV and Kapil Group. Continued on P4 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa share a lighter moment during Karnataka election campaign rally at Chamarajanagar on Tuesday MODI LAUNCHES KARNATAKA OFFENSIVE PM dares Rahul to speak for 15 minutes! Santemaranahalli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched his campaign blitzkrieg in Karnataka with a scathing attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and daring him to list out the Congress government’s achievements “in Hindi, English or your mother’s mother tongue,” a reference to Sonia Gandhi’s Italian origin. Speaking at an election rally in Chamarajanagara, Modi accused the Sidddaramaiah government, which he claimed was steeped in corruption, of thwarting the Centre's efforts for development. Modi said those currently leading the Congress had "no understanding" of history and the country's legacy. "I dare the Congress president to speak in Hindi, English or the mother tongue of his mother to deliver a speech in Karnataka for 15 minutes, without reading out from a piece of paper, on the achievements of the party government... people of Karnataka will draw their own conclusion," he told the election rally. Modi was responding to Rahul Gandhi's challenge to allow him to speak for 15 minutes in Parliament on various issues, including corruption, and that the Prime Minister will not be able to sit for 15 minutes. "He … speaking for 15 minutes will itself be a big thing. And when I hear that I would not be able to sit, I think... wow, what a scene… Congress president sir, we cannot sit before you. Continued on P4 Kaleshwaram gets 2 more clearances OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The prestigious Kaleshwaram project taken up by the Telangana State Government has got important clearances required from the Centre. The Central Water Commission (CWC) has given its nod to the irrigation planning as well as cost appraisal of the project based on the documents submitted by the state Irrigation CWC okays irrigation planning and project’s cost appraisal department. The project had already got environmental and forest stage-1 and stage -2 clearances from Union Ministry of Environment and Forests recently. Top officials of the state Irrigation department said that the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the CWC approved the proposals to utilise 237 tmc ft of water. Continued on P4 Untimely rains wreak P4 havoc in AP: 10 killed TRAI PROPOSALS GET GOVT NOD Now you can make calls while in the air New Delhi: Calling and texting from aircraft will soon become a reality as the Telecom Commission on Tuesday approved in-flight connectivity, facilitating both voice and data calls and data surfing in Indian airspace, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said. "Almost all recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) HIGHLIGHTS S Air passengers to soon have access to Wi-Fi onboard aircraft S Exciting times ahead in Indian skies: Civil Aviation Minister S Pricing of providing services would be left to respective airlines on this have been accepted. We are expediting the process (to start) and within 3-4 months it should be ready. We will be operationalising this decision immediately," she told reporters after the meeting on Tuesday. She said there were only two exceptions to TRAI's recommendations. Continued on P4
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