As dusk strikes, chaos reigns supreme here in all 365 days. With city buses, district buses and even private buses vying for space, boarding a bus at S.R. Nagar bus stop is turning out to be a nightmare for commuters.
In addition to many city buses, everyday over 100 district buses and 75 private buses halt at the stop. With not much of space available, drivers stop the buses haphazardly, creating inconvenience and confusion among commuters.
“We have to literally run onto the main road to board buses at this stop. On noticing district buses at the stop, city bus drivers halt the buses right in the middle of the road and by the time we cross the district bus, city bus drivers move over,” says Raja Rao, a commuter at the bus stop.
It is not city bus commuters, even those boarding district buses face similar problems. Many district buses heading towards Vijayawada, Guntur and other coastal districts halt at this stop. Though RTC staff make announcements about arrival of buses at the stop, many commuters complain that due to haphazard stopping of buses, they find it difficult to locate and board buses.
“It is a task to board a bus at this stop. As it is, locating the right (district) bus itself is a challenge and if one has to carry luggage and children along, it can be even more challenging,” says Mallikarjun, a private employee. To make matters worse, private buses too stop their buses at this stop. Despite it not being permitted , private operators halt their buses here and have made their boarding point.
In the hurry to board buses, at times, a few commuters run into each other or end up in minor accidents as many private vehicles and auto-rickshaws too pass through the bus bay, says J.S.T Sayi, a nearby resident. There is sufficient space all along the road for constructing couple of bus stops exclusive for district buses. This would not only make things convenient for passengers but will also curb traffic jams, he suggests.
S. Sandeep Kumar
There is a scramble for space between city buses, district buses and even private buses