S. Sandeep Kumar
Security cited reason; move will affect railway passengers: RTC regional manager
No alternate bay provided for buses to Bowenpally, Mehdipatnam We have no other option, says railway official
HYDERABAD: The problems of RTC passengers boarding buses at Secunderabad Railway Station are bound to multiply from Wednesday with the South Central Railway (SCR) authorities denying permission for entry of buses into the age-old bus bay on its premises.
At least 200 RTC buses plying on the Secunderabad-Bowenpally route and buses (from other parts of the city) to Mehdipatnam start from the bay on the station premises. Though Railway officials claimed that the decision was taken to provide better facilities to rail commuters, it would lead to a lot of inconvenience to those taking buses as no alternate bus bay has been created.
"The property belongs to the Railways. We have decided not to allow buses on the railway station premises owing to security reasons and the grave need to widen the circulation area for cars and autos," says Secunderabad Additional Divisional Railway Manager (Technical) S.P. Sahu.
The idea apparently is to ease traffic congestion near the railway station and also acquire more space to improve security measures. Utter chaos prevails in front of the station everyday as RTC buses, cars and two wheelers stop there while a parking lot and the alighting points next to the bus bay add to the chaos. "As it is the space is limited and with growing passenger population we have no other way out," he said.
But, RTC Regional Manager C. Panduranga Murthy insisted that the move would not only affect the RTC services but also the Railways. "It is a practice of nearly 40 years for passengers to alight city buses at the station. Imagine their plight getting down at a distance and trekking towards the railway station carrying loads of luggage."