Air passengers bear the brunt of RTC strike in city

Erratic bus services give them a tough time

Erratic bus services to and from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport due to the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation strike had flyers at their wits end. The stir, they said, threw a spanner to their travel plans.

Narrating his harrowing experience, Kumar M. Shastri, a resident of Moula Ali, reached Tarnaka to board a bus. While the bus (TS 10UB 8352) was scheduled to arrive at the stop 7.15 a.m., it arrived a full two hours late.

“The supervisor of this point, Ranganayukudu, told me that he cannot assure the bus arrival time. He said he was not sure when the buses leave from starting point at Jubilee Bus Station. He asked us to book a cab, so that we do not miss the flight,” Mr. Shastri said and added that the government had mismanaged the situation for which ordinary citizens have been suffering.

While Mr. Shastri wanted to reach the RGIA, another traveller Thomas S, who arrived from New Delhi on Monday night, pointed out that the lack of buses forced him to pay nearly four times more to reach home.

“My wife and I were looking for buses at 11.30 p.m. but we found none. The carpooling cab drivers quoted exorbitant rates. Eventually, we had to stand in the queue for a long time to take the cab services provided by police. I reached Rajiv Nagar almost at 2 a.m.,” he said.

For their part, senior TSTRC officials said that while the 40 electric buses are plying the routes, staff who upload and download data on the number of trips clocked and occupancy was not available.

“Apart from these 40 electric buses, there are hardly 10 others. We are doing whatever we can to normalise services,” he said.

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