After accommodating special packages of travel to Sabarimala devotees, APSRTC is making arrangements for the pilgrims of the oncoming Brahmotsavams in Tirumala.
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation’s (APSRTC) Chittoor Division, which operates over 30 per cent of its services to Tirumala, will now increase the number as well as frequency of bus services for upcoming Srivari Brahmotsavams. The auspicious celebrations that are awaited year long will be held from October 3rd to 11th.
RTC officials are not shooting in the blind, but deploying the numbers based on the estimated pilgrim turn out. They will be running 530 buses to operate 2,000 trips on normal days of the event and 3,500 trips on the auspicious Garuda Seva day.
“This year we expect a 10 per cent increase in the number of devotees, compared to our highest number in the year 2011, nearly 2 lakhs. The frequency of services would be two buses per minute on normal days and would increase to three on Garuda Seva,” said RTC Regional Manager V Nagasivudu while speaking to a leading newspaper daily.
The transport corporation would be deploying conductors and drivers for all Tirumala-bound buses. This is arranged against the existing pre-booking system, in order to reduce the waiting time. Over 20 new buses will also be introduced on the first day of Brahmotsavams or by Garuda Seva.