Staff Reporter

Jubilee Bus Station deserted; 165 trains cancelled in view of the bandh

Train services thrown haywire in the region

Bus, train passengers go through harrowing time

HYDERABAD: When Buddhu, a migrant labourer, boarded the Falaknuma Express at Howrah station in Kolkota on Tuesday, he had no clue about the bandh call given by the Telangana Joint Action Committee. It was only when the train was hours behind schedule did he learn of Wednesday’s bandh from co-passengers.

Long wait

With APSRTC grounding its fleet, he along with two of his friends had to walk from the Secunderabad railway station to the Jubilee Bus Station located a few kilometres away. “But when we reached the bus station, we were informed that buses will not ply today. We have to catch a bus to Karimnagar and another to Jagtial but we don’t know how we are going to manage,” he rued, prepared for a long wait at the bus station.

Quite a number of passengers were stranded due to the bandh on Wednesday, though not on the scale witnessed during other bandhs in the recent past. “Although I knew about it in advance, I had to visit an uncle who was admitted in a hospital. I thought I could make it by the last bus on Tuesday but missed it and now am stuck here,” said Srinivas who had to go to his native place, Peddapalli in Karimnagar district. “I will have to board Dakshin Express in the night.”

Train services too were thrown haywire with a number of trains being stopped in the region. “My train was stopped at Vikarabad station on the city outskirts and we were held up for nearly four hours,” said M. Shiva Kumar was coming to the city from Shirdi by Manmad Express. “I just have four hours on hand before I freshen up and board Godavari Express for Vizag.”

Devotees’ plight

With the Railways cancelling 165 trains, including MMTS, suburban, passenger and express services, passengers were a harried lot. Several devotees of Ayyappa, bound for the holy shrine of Sabarimala, were seen having a tough time reaching the station and waiting to board their trains. “Long distance trains may get delayed en route and/or may be further rescheduled,” said a South Central Railway spokesperson.

“Passengers boarding long distance trains are advised to carry adequate food and water with them.”