The state government has issued orders to allow interstate bus transportation between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh without electronic registration from November 25.
A GO issued in this regard by Chief Secretary K. Shanmugam said both private and government bus operators would be allowed. The government of Tamil Nadu had previously authorized interstate bus services to Karnataka and Pondicherry.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will resume interstate services to Tamil Nadu from various depots in Chittoor District from November 25, after an eight-month hiatus since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Regional Director (Tirupati) T. Changal Reddy said The Hindu that before the lockdown, the APSRTC operated 202 buses to various parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, Vellore, Kancheepuram, Krishnagiri and a few other major destinations.
“Compared to 202 buses before the lockdown, we want to start with minimum services at the start. We expect the occupancy rate to be at least 50% once operations resume. Depending on the demand, the services will be gradually increased, ”he said.
The official said the APSRTC took into consideration the restrictions of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams on granting darshan tickets to pilgrims.