The Government had directed APSRTC to but buses running on CNG in the next 36 months, so as to cut down on fuel prices which account for 37% of the total expenditure. Out of the total 22,000 buses running in the state, city has 3,500 buses. The department buys fuel of Rs. 1,850 crore per annum and 45 crore litres of diesel. CNG buses are also found to be costing less for the maintenance. Therefore the RTC is expected to save 17% and 23% on fuel and maintenance respectively.
As a part of the process, CNG filling stations are also to be established in addition to the existing stations at Medchal and Hakimpet. In addition to the above measures, RTC is also taking steps for the repairing of 1300 aged buses and also implementation of high security number plates.
Source: Times of India