No end to commuters’ woes as stir enters day 2


Travel plans of passengers on Sunday, the second day of TSRTC strike, continued to be in disarray.

The scene at the Jubilee Bus Station was similar to that of Saturday’s as a large number of passengers converged to take buses to their destinations. The inflow of vehicles at the station was high with several rushing to get onboard. Many who could not get on board, were forced to rely on private transport.

While TSRTC management said approximately 20,000 reservations per day were made, nearly half of which were online, in the days leading to the strike, passengers pointed out a lack of clarity in bus arrivals at the depots and text messages which they received after making the reservations. “My bus was supposed to leave an hour ago. The bus corresponding to my service number has not arrived. There are other buses to my destination, but I am not allowed to board because the service number does not match,” said K. Venu, who was travelling to Korutla.

Rain, which lashed the city, made matters worse.

TSRTC officials said while approximately 800 buses plied on the roads on the first day of the strike, the number rose to approximately 1,100 on Sunday. But, passengers underscored that several drivers and conductors remained unaware of bus routes. It was eventually left to some passengers to clear that confusion.

Making the most of the confusion were SETWIN buses. Those in the know pegged the number of buses plying on road at 97, only three shy of its fleet of 100. They were plying on profitable routes such as 49M which runs between Secunderabad and Mehdipatnam via Begumpet and Punjagutta.

Taking stock of the situation, TSRTC Joint Action Committee leaders were holed up at the AITUC office. The leaders met several politicians from the Congress, BJP, Telugu Desam party, Telangana Jana Sena and Left parties. Unions leaders said politicians extended their support to them.

As a mark of protest, the striking staff went to depots across the State to celebrate Bathukamma. At a few depots, they were prevented by police, they said.

Meanwhile, union leaders such as K. Raji Reddy, Ashwathama Reddy and Thomas Reddy raised questions on aspects like occupancy and number of kilometres covered as buses were being operated by temporary drivers. They maintained they do not wish to put passengers to inconvenience and that the strike is meant to save the TSTRC.

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