The Andhra Pradesh Government plans to support the cash-strapped State Road Transport Corporation by providing Rs 720 crore to offset the additional burden due to recent diesel price hike.

State Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana today announced that the Government would ease the burden on the Corporation by supporting it financially.

At an event organised by Hindusthan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, he said Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had agreed to help the Corporation which was impacted by the recent hike in price of high speed diesel by Rs 11.89 a litre. Officials were working on a relief package.

The Minister said the decision taken by the Centre due to hike the prices basing on international fuel prices. This had impacted the finances of the Corporation.

In the past few years, he said there has been a mismatch between the Corporation’s revenue and expenditure needing a concerted effort to address the issue.

The Minister said that it was good to note that about 20,500 drivers of the Corporation’s over 46,000 drivers had logged in average mileage of about 5 km per litre. This has helped RTC record average of 5.13 km pl.

rishikumar.vundi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 5, 2013)
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