A.K. Khan asks union leaders to call off strikein view of Brahmotsavam
APSRTC Managing Director A.K. Khan’s plea to the union leaders to call of their strike in view of the ensuing nine-day Tirumala Brahmotsavam yielded no result as the latter sought more time to review the situation.
Speaking to media persons here on Tuesday, Mr. Khan said that the corporation was presently running 107 buses which was inadequate. “It would be a tough task to handle the pilgrim crowd during ‘Garudotsavam’ (the fifth day of the annual event when the inflow of devotees peaks), and many of them are dependant on the buses,” he said.
Mr. Khan explained the risk involved in employing private drivers to run the buses on the Tirumala ghat road. “Negotiating turns and gradients on the ghat road requires training and experience. Besides, employing private persons may also invite trouble on the security front,” he said.
Later, he spoke on the new buses sanctioned for Tirupati under the JNNURM scheme. “Tirupati is given due focus among other cities like Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada with 120 buses sanctioned in the first phase,” he said. Mr. Khan also said that the ever bustling Tirupati bus stand will be modernised alongside the existing six depots.