Andhra Pradesh

Railway, bus stations choked as people leave on extended weekend

A packed Pandit Nehru Bus Station in Vijayawada on Friday.

A packed Pandit Nehru Bus Station in Vijayawada on Friday.   | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

Govt. employees plan their ‘holiday’ much in advance

The Andhra Pradesh Secretariat and Assembly are likely to wear a deserted look for a week. The employees have planned their week ahead in view of continuous holidays with weekend beginning Saturday. Krishnasthami is on Monday, and Independence Day is on Tuesday. The government declared holidays on both days. Again, Thursday is an optional holiday on account of Parsi New Year day.

So, effectively if an employee applies leave on Wednesday and Friday, it will be a 9-day-long holiday. The employees, who have their families in Hyderabad, have planned their vacation accordingly. A few have planned trips abroad to spend some time with their children, who are pursuing higher education or are employed there.

The Secretariat and Assembly will be closed for another three days this month. August 25, which happens to be Friday, is a holiday on account of Vinayaka Chavithi.

The impact of weekend coupled with festivals was witnessed at Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), the main bus station in the city, and the railway station. They are choked with people crowding the transit points to reach their hometowns.

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