Authorized Ticket Booking (ATB) and online Passenger Reservation System (OPRS) agents are used for multiple purposes and the agents will take care of the messenger, parcel and luggage booked in the APSRTC courier and parcel service, Reddy told The Hindu. “The APSRTC has a fleet of 12,000 buses that connect every nook and cranny of the state. We have about 1,300 ATBs and the company has decided to appoint commercial intermediaries throughout the state to operate courier and parcel services,” said G. Jaya Rao, the company`s executive director (operations). The APSRTC courier and parcel counter has been opened in Vijayawada. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is fully involved in the courier and parcel business from September. The pact with TSRTC has caused crop damage of ₹260 crore per year “We are making arrangements for the full operation of courier and parcel services as soon as the contract with ANL expires. APSRTC will provide franchises at different locations in all towns, municipalities and villages to pick up and deliver the goods,” said K. Gopinatha Reddy, Chief Traffic Manager (Commercial and Projects). The contract with ANL Parcel Service expires in August and has decided not to renew it and to expand the parcel and courier services themselves. “The decision to introduce SPGRTC courier and parcel services will help increase revenue.
The company can serve the public better than other courier and parcel companies in the market,” a RTC official said. ANL has been providing courier and parcel services for passengers in unified Andhra Pradesh for more than two decades. However, the APSRTC recently set up separate package services on an experimental basis and made a ₹case. 6 crore. RTC has OPRS in many locations, including a few bus stops, and about 600 villages have been identified for the appointment of franchises for parcel booking. Separate software has been designed to track the movement of goods, the ED said.