Andhra Pradesh

RTC buses go off the road after tiff

A tiff between a union leader and the RTC management led to disruption of bus services in Chittoor district on Friday. In what appears to be a trivial issue, Arjun, a conductor of Piler depot was accused of misbehaving with traffic supervisor Sriramulu, for which he was kept off duty, pending an inquiry.

However, the conductor, who is also a leader of the National Mazdoor Union (NMU), reportedly brought pressure on his superiors to reinstate him on duty. Further, he escalated the issue by giving a call to fellow employees to join him in an agitation against the management.

Though the Regional Manager B.Maheswara and the Deputy Chief Traffic Manager T.Chengal Reddy held hectic parleys with the union leaders at 3.30 am on Friday, seeking resumption of services, the union leaders did not budge.

However, the management could successfully run 65-70 per cent of buses, by coordinating with the rival unions.

“While 679 buses should have plied by 10 am, we could successfully run 470. We are hopeful of weaning the employees away from the agitation”, Mr. Chengal Reddy said.

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