RTC conducts survey on New Bowenpally-Medchal route to assess problems
Over 11,000 students of 16 engineering and other colleges travel on this route everyday
RTC officials say the problem can be overcome if the colleges function at different timings
Hyderabad: B. Ramesh, an engineering student, struggles everyday to get into the jam-packed RTC bus at New Bowenpally. His journey to college till Medchal is mostly done by hanging on the footboard. But his is not an isolated case.
There are many students like him waiting to get into buses that shuttle between Bowenpally and Medchal. Everyday , over 11,000 students of 16 different engineering and other colleges travel on this route. While some of them have the luxury of travelling in their college buses, a majority are seen hustling their way into every RTC bus that stops at the New Bowenpally stop.
“Everyday it’s the same case. Buses are full and there is no place to get inside. We have to either travel by shared autos that accommodate nearly 15 persons or request motorists for a lift,” says Ramesh, a student of St. Martins Engineering College.
Another student, P. Srinivas from C.M.R. Engineering College has a similar complaint. “We are supposed to reach college by 9 a.m.
But owing to insufficient buses on this route, we end up arriving late at the college,” he told the APSRTC officials who were conducting a route survey in the area to asses the transportation problems on Tuesday.
Leave alone standing in the bus, students are seen vying for a little space on the footboard. “It is difficult to hang on to the railing, but many are forced to travel on the footboard until they reach college. To avoid this, many students board the buses at Secunderabad station just to get a seat,” adds Sri Harsha, a student and a resident of RTC Colony. At present, RTC is operating 27 trips along the route during peak hours for the convenience of students. “Increasing buses is not a solution. The situation can be easened only if the colleges function at different timings. However, we will add six more trips on the route shortly,” said P.V.D. Jayasankara Prasad, Executive Director of APSTRC Hyderabad City Zone.