RTC commuters suffer

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Commuters travelling in RTC buses to other districts from the capital had a harrowing time on Wednesday. In view of the curfew in old city, many buses were curtailed at different localities before entering Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Imlibun. Commuters had to board and alight buses at makeshift bus terminals and that, thanks to the chaotic organisation, evoked sharp response from them.

Buses to Mahabubnagar, Kurnool, Vijayawada and Nalgonda regions were operated from MGBS. While RTC authorities claimed that commuters could enter MGBS despite curfew in Afzalgunj, police stopped passengers at Rangmahal crossroads and after much persuasion made them walk all along up to the station.

Passengers, especially women and the aged had tough time while lugging their luggage and walking up to MGBS. Confusion prevailed at MGBS in the afternoon, when authorities suddenly cancelled operations and made passengers board buses from Mehdipatnam and Dilsukhnagar.

The situation at Jubilee Bus station (JBS) was no different. The plight of those coming to city after alighting flights at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, was even worse. Though radio cabs were operated on deviated routes, commuters were not allowed to enter curfew bound areas and had to shell out extra fare.