Bus shelters continue to elude certain bus stops on the Amberpet - Chaderghat road posing problems for the crowd that descends regularly to take a bus. Lack of bus shelters is forcing people to look for other alternatives. Switching over to the other modes of transport is also one of them.
The route, considered to be one of the important ones, sees many APSRTC buses plying through to important destinations of the city. The bus stops see large crowds all through the day. In absence of bus shelters people take shelter in front of the shops At times they are shoved away by the managements during the business hours.
At the Amberpet Gandhi Statue bus stop the commuters line up against the steps of the shops that have some shelter while a huge tree provides shelter on the other side of the road. The situation is the same at the ‘Mekhala mandi' bus stop. Here too a tree provides shelter to the public. The situation is no different at the 6 number and the Golnaka bridge bus stop.
“As women we face a lot of problem in times of adverse weather conditions. We have to brave the weather conditions. Unlike the men we cannot stand near the shops,” says Deepika, a receptionist at a corporate hospital.
“Though there is a good frequency of buses plying towards Kachiguda and beyond, we still have to spend sometime at the bus stop and in times of rains even the umbrellas don't really help us,” says another working woman.
A few, people unable to brave the scorching summer sun, switch over to the sharing autos that ply in abundance through this route, says a local juice vendor at Gandhi Statue bus stop at Amberpet.