The Novel COVID-19 virus spread from the Dragon country has not just affected human life but also has started to affect the lives of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Commission (APSRTC) buses.
Doesn’t it sound ironical? How can a virus affect a non-living thing? Well, you will get to know how. Just keep reading.
APSRTC which nearly possesses 12,000 buses travelling around 3,800 routes over the state covering about 44 lakh kilometers everyday has come to a sudden still after the announcement of lockdown nearly for the first time ever after the state bifurcation.
Due to the non-functioning of the buses and these buses standing still for nearly a month in about 128 depots across the state nearly 10 percent of the buses staging have seemed to suffer damages.
Each bus contains a pair of batteries and due to non-ignition these batteries drain out leading to damage of the battery as well as the bus. Apart from the battery damage few buses tyres are also being damaged and worn out due to lockdown.
The current market price of each tyre that needs to be replaced will cost around Rs. 14,000 and that of a battery would be Rs. 8000.
Estimating for the already damaged 10 percent buses batteries are to be replaced it would cost RTC around Rs. 96,00,000 and if it is a single tyre replacement it will cost about Rs.1,68,00,000.
Being generating zero revenue due to lockdown, if further damage control actions are not taken care of,APSRTC will have to pay a heavy price later on.
So, that is how a virus which can only affect humans is now affecting the lives of buses.
By: Sailaja Rayavarapu