Member of Legislative Council K. Nageshwar on Monday staged a demonstration at Bus Bhavan protesting against what he termed as negligent attitude of the APSRTC in providing space for installing free reverse osmosis (RO) water plants at different bus stations.
This was even after the MLC sanctioned Rs. 55 lakh for installing RO water plants at bus stations last year under his constituency development funds.
The objective was to provide free and safe drinking water to passengers at bus stations, including a few in the capital. But the corporation neither provides sufficient drinking water nor allocates space for installing RO water plants, charged Mr. Nageshwar.
Since nine months, authorities of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department in Mahabubnagar have been writing to RTC authorities urging them to provide space for installing water plants at Mahabubnagar and Jadcherla bus stations.
But they were not responding to the letters for reasons better known to them, he said.
Similar is the case with depot managers at Mahatma Gandhi Bus station, Jubilee bus station, Dilsukhnagar, Rathifile, ECIL, Kukatpally, Vikarabad, Tandur, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Kalwakurthy, Narayanpet and Shadnagar depots, he said.
Extending support, politicians, including former Rajya Sabha member P. Madhu, CPM city secretary P.S.N. Murthy and RTC Staff and Workers Union secretary Laxmaiah also participated in the protest.
However, after RTC Vice-Chairman and Managing Director A.K. Khan gave a written assurance that space would be provided for installing the water plants in a week, Mr. Nageshwar called off his protest.