Staff Reporter

APSRTC suffered Rs.100 crore loss during the agitation

People put to hardship due to bandhs, blockades

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government is losing tax revenue to the tune of Rs. 100 crore a day following disruption of economic activity caused by the ongoing bandhs and road blockades, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said here on Friday.

The Road Transport Corporation alone had suffered a loss of Rs. 100 crore during the four-week agitation on the issue of a separate Telangana State by way of cancellation of services and destruction of buses, he told a meeting of the managements and editorial heads of television channels.

Mr. Rosaiah sought the media cooperation in restoring normality. He said people were being inconvenienced by transport disruption, and an artificial hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and other essential commodities. Students were losing precious time ahead of their examinations and patients were unable to get timely health services.

Anti-social elements would also sneak into such agitations and cause damage and loss to public and private property, the Chief Minister said. Thursday’s attack on Telugu Desam Party leader N. Janardhan Reddy at Osmania University proved the point and the Joint Action Committee of students also confirmed it, Mr. Rosaiah said.

The TV channels had a greater responsibility in containing tension in the prevailing circumstances. Repeated telecast of even small incidents was giving an impression of major trouble, he said.

Responding to the Chief Minister’s call, the managements of TV channels assured him that they would do their bit in easing tension and reducing regional passions.