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Choc-a-bloc: Main thoroughfares in the city witnessed heavy traffic as the city settles down after the bandh observed by TRS.
Choc-a-bloc: Main thoroughfares in the city witnessed heavy traffic as the city settles down after the bandh observed by TRS.

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Life returned to normalcy in the city after the 48-hour bandh called by Telangana Rashtra Samiti came to an end on Tuesday.

Vehicular traffic was back to its busy best as motorists made their way through the thoroughfares.

APSRTC buses that remained off the roads on both the days operated as usual, much to the relief of hassled commuters who had a tough time travelling from one point to another.

Businesses, most of whom operated on Monday itself, reopened and so did the scores of restaurants across the city. Market yards and shopping centres in all parts of the city from Secunderabad to Koti witnessed a rush of shoppers.

Petrol and diesel, which have been much sought-after since Saturday evening when sporadic violence first broke out in Punjagutta and Ameerpet, were supplied as usual at fuel filling stations across the city. Fuel tanks were filled liberally with motorists not wanting to take any chances.

While schools in some areas were reopened, managements of a few others preferred to play it safe, by declaring holidays till further notice, it was learnt.

Basic services that were paralysed due to closure of government offices and banks were restored with employees returning to their workplaces.

Some ATMs, whose shutters were downed by the bank managements fearing attacks and looting, operated as usual.

Shopping malls and cinema complexes reopened to a steady stream of shoppers and movie-lovers although some businesses preferred not to take any chances. Security was tightened in some malls and big businesses.


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