Bus strike paralyses Hyderabad

A view of parked buses at Jubilee Bus Station in Secunderabad on Saturday, the day of strike called by TSRTC trade union.   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation’s strike paralysed the city on Saturday, with buses staying off the roads. State road transport corporation buses were also off the roads in the districts.

In effect, the strike began partially on Friday night, with long-distance trips standing cancelled. K. Raji Reddy of RTC Employees Union, one of the striking unions, confirmed the development.

In the city, the strike appeared to be complete. There were barely any commuters waiting at bus stops. It was the suspension of city bus services that seemed to affect office-goers and workers the most.

“I usually take a bus from Mehdipatnam to the stop opposite GVK One for ₹10. Today, I had to pay ₹140 for an auto. This is a lot of money. I hope the strike is called off soon,” said Shahnaz Begum, a salesperson and resident of Toli Chowki.

At the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, TSRTC Joint Action Committee leaders such as K Raji Reddy, Ashwatthama Reddy and Thomas Reddy told the media that they intended to continue the strike. They sought the cooperation of the public and urged them to understand that the strike was for saving the TSRTC.

“We fought for Telangana and are not afraid of ESMA. This is not the Telangana we had thought of,” Mr Raji Reddy said.

At the MGBS, in the place of long-distance buses of the TSRTC, private buses were parked at platforms. These were taken on hire.

While there was no major rush at MGBS, travellers did point out that staff were not available to help them. M Rajesh, a resident of Bengaluru, who was returning to his place of residence, said, “I’ve been waiting to board the bus at platform 7 from 12 noon. But there’s no bus or any staff.”

Security at both the MGBS and Jubilee Bus Station was beefed up with the deployment of a significant number of police officers and constables.

It appeared that drivers who were hired in the absence of TSRTC staff were confused about the routes on which to ply buses. They were being briefed by TSRTC officers to avoid confusion.

Officials also checked the credentials and documents of bus drivers and buses before journeys commenced. The TSRTC has a fleet strength of around 10,500 buses spread over 97 depots, of which 29 are in the city.

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