VIJAYAWADA: In a bid to reach more customers, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has introduced digital payment in its freight services. Recently, the company partnered with PhonePe and the services were first introduced on a trial basis at Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), Vijayawada.
According to RTC officials, Krishna, Guntur and West Godavari districts fall within the boundaries of Vijayawada RTC zone and 20 cargo counters are in operation. Until now, customers who reserved the goods had to pay the prescribed fees in cash. With the introduction of digital payment, they can make payments using QR code via PhonePe, GooglePay, Paytm, etc.
A QR code sticker has been placed on the cargo booking counter at PNBS. Customers just need to scan the QR code and make payment. The introduction of QR code payments will also reduce the risk of the virus spreading during the pandemic. Plans are underway to introduce online payments across the zone.
Deputy chief commercial manager of Vijayawada area, K Srinivas, said that at present, cargo booking at PNBS is around 1,700 to 2,000. “We expect an increase in bookings cargo following the introduction of QR code payment. Steps are being taken to sensitize more customers to conduct cashless transactions,” he said.