If things go as planned by RTC authorities, the first exclusive bus for IT employees could be operated from L.B. Nagar or ECIL to VBIT in a week.
Presently, a few companies hired 30 city buses to facilitate transportation to their employees from different areas to respective workplaces. This apart, everyday, over 100 buses are operated from different areas to VBIT, Hitech city, Kondapur and Gachibowli.
Though many buses are operated covering the IT corridor and a few are hired by companies, many IT employees still find it difficult to reach their workplace in time.
All these buses are operated on existing routes and plans are afoot to customise routes and alighting points to facilitate hassle-free journey for employees, says A. Koteswara Rao, Executive Director of RTC Greater Hyderabad zone.
For instance, there are a cluster of companies in Hitec city and everyday many employees from different areas shuttle across during peak hours. The idea is to operate exclusive buses for such employees on a designated route with customised services, he explains.
“We would be operating JNNURM Metro Deluxe buses under this service. In addition to this, special bus passes are also being planned for IT employees to popularise the service. All these efforts would increase our revenue,” says Mr. Rao.
A meeting was organised with representatives of 30 different companies in Hitec City last week. Many modalities, including cost of special bus passes were discussed and expectations are to launch 20 exclusive buses shortly, he says.
Buses for night shift
Further, there were discussions about operating special buses for employees working night shifts. This would be a better alternative to taxis both in terms of security and transportation.
Companies hire cabs and usually spend about Rs.2,500 to Rs.3,000 per person as transportation cost. Besides being expensive for companies, it is risky for employees, particularly women.
Things are being worked out to launch special buses for night shift employees as well, he adds.