A single A/C sleeper ticket on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada route sold for Rs.3,000 which is sky high than the regular airfare. The Hyderabad-Vijayawada private bus fare has increased so much for the Sankranti festival season. The fares are almost equaled the airfare on the same route. Going by the tickets booked on any private bus from various cities in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada seems to be the most-favoured destination.
The Vijayawada Region of Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will ply as many as 1500 special services to clear Sankranti rush. The APSRTC has officially increased the fares on all categories by 50 per cent for the 1,500 Festival Specials. The buses includes Garuda, super luxury and deluxe buses.
Several schools and colleges were closed for Pongal holidays which prompted some private operators and RTC to run service from Hyderabad and Vijayawada to various destinations.