Sankranti festival has turned the Vijayawada railway station and Pandit Nehru Bus Station into a sea of humanity. Scores of people were still waiting at the different bus and railway stations in the city to board a bus or train. People were hopping mad to board any bus or train that they came their way across to reach their destinations.

Vijayawada city being centrally located, many travellers prefer to change the train or bus here to reach their destinations. The number of special trains and buses, in addition to the regular services, arranged by the authorities have turned out to be inadequate in view of the heavy rush of passengers.

Specials of no help

The South Central Railway (SCR) is operating special trains between Secunderabad-Nellore, Tirupati - Guntur, Machilipatnam - Secunderabad and Vijayawada - Lingampalli to clear passenger rush during Sankranthi festival.

The State-run Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is also operating special services to clear the rush of passengers. But this has not helped as desired to clear the season’s rush.

People could be seen jostling for space in the buses and trains heading to various places and to reach their ancestral homes for the three-day harvest festival of Sankranti, beginning January 15.

The unsuccessful attempts to gain access to buses or trains, let alone getting a seat or confirmed berth, made the people think of personal transportation than travelling in buses and trains. The police and other security personnel had to intervene often to ensure that no untoward incident took place at the bus or railway station.

Though many private bus operators have opened bookings already, most travellers seemed to have preferred trains to private buses apparently following the Volvo bus mishap at Palem in Mahabubnagar district on October 30. Pricing could be another factor as train fares are less than those of buses.

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