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AbhiBus snaps up APSRTC bookings from BusIndia

Travel ticketing service AbhiBus has got the franchise rights for booking buses operated by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and will set up offline centres for the same. AbhiBus will also power the official APSRTC bus ticketing service. With this move, Hyderabad-based AbhiBus has added 9,000 buses to its service and the service currently supports 1,500 operators in 15,000 routes. It now powers the backend of 200 private fleets and three state transport corporations. The company was reportedly handling five RTCs earlier and it is not clear which all RTCs it has lost. The news comes just ahead of the expected demerger of APSRTC that will now split into two separate RTCs following the split of Andhra Pradesh to form Telangana. The company has not clarified whether it will handle both the states or just what's left of Andhra Pradesh following the split. BusIndia's loss APSRTC bus ticketing and its backend was previously handled by BusIndia, a service that covers 17 road transport corporations across India. The service was created in association with Central Institute for Road Transport (CIRT) last year, to form a centralised platform for booking bus tickets offered by government road transport corporations. With APSRTC's shift, it is not clear what the other RTCs will do. When we checked the site today, not a single APSRTC bus is available for booking on the platform. Chairman and Managing Director, Radiant Info Systems Ltd that runs BusIndia, Venu Myneni had told Medianama recently that the company has franchise rights in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, similar…

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