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CLEAR WAY PLEASE: The line of autorickshaws prevents buses from stopping at busstops at Asilmetta in Visakhapatnam. ---Photo: K.R. Deepak
CLEAR WAY PLEASE: The line of autorickshaws prevents buses from stopping at busstops at Asilmetta in Visakhapatnam. ---Photo: K.R. Deepak

Staff Reporter

In all bus stops, one finds a line of autorickshaws. Hence buses stop a fair distance away

VISAKHAPATNAM: Transport is the lifeline of the city. Time was when commuters were solely dependent on city buses. Autorickshaws were not in the picture then.

But with youth taking to auto driving to earn a living, their number has gone up manifold. So has the troubles involving them.

At bus stops one finds auto drivers trying to attract commuters. Fair enough, but these drivers make it a point to stop at the bus stop. A long line of autos is maintained at the stop. So, when buses come, they halt at a distance from the bus stop.

Even as commuters, including schoolchildren and women, rush to board it, it moves ahead. This has been a practice at several bus stops not only in the accompanying picture taken at the arterial Aseelmetta but all over the city and on the national highway.

Of late, the Police are diverting the autorickshaws to the service roads on the National Highway. But that provides little relief.

During the visit of the Director-General of Police recently, the Police Commissioner underlined the need to create service roads to shift slow-moving traffic and to align RTC buses so as to pick up passengers.

Of the 30 km roads in the city only 5 to 6 km of service roads were available, he pointed out.


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