As RTC suspends services, tribals feel the heat the most
Utter chaos marked the rally of Kadapa former MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, leading to a near stampede on the Polavaram-Koruturu single road.
The narrow road got choked with the crowds and a fleet of vehicles for want of regulatory measures by the police. Even as the police limited their attention to the VIP and the dais, a huge fleet of vehicles and the surging crowds came on the narrow road at once. The traffic was disrupted up to this mandal headquarters town from the meeting venue for more than 3 km. People were seen trekking up to Polavaram.
Meanwhile, the tribals frequenting Polavaram from agency villages felt the heat of the rally. As the police sealed off the only road connecting the agency villages on security grounds, the APSRTC was constrained to suspend its services from noon itself, more than four hours before the start of the rally. The road is a lifeline for tribals from more than 21 remote habitations in the agency falling under this mandal. Even as the RTC operates only a couple of services, a number auto rickshaws and jeeps cater to the transport needs of the tribals to a larger extent. “I don't know how the police allowed the rally at a place which does not have any other alternative road access”, wondered Kanaka Rao, a local journalist.