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RTC staff strike near total

IN SUPPORT OF DEMANDS: RTC employees staging a dharna at Hanamkonda in Warangal district on Tuesday.

IN SUPPORT OF DEMANDS: RTC employees staging a dharna at Hanamkonda in Warangal district on Tuesday.  

Striking employees take to the streets in Nizamabad

Staff Reporter

ADILABADMAHABUBNAGAR: For the second day RTC buses stayed off the road in Adilabad district following the strike by employees belonging to different trade unions. Of the 482 services operated daily from the six depots in Adilabad only 22 buses ran on Tuesday. These were buses taken on hire by the corporation. Of the 3,000 employees and workers on 13 reported for duty on Tuesday.

The RTC Adilabad region lost close to Rs. 21 lakhs. Long-distance passengers were seen stranded in bus stands in important towns in the district.

NIZAMABAD: The RTC operated 67 buses, including 28 hired ones, from all seven depots in the region, according to the Regional Manager, Ch. Venkateswar Rao.

Several hired buses arrived here even from outside the region, he said and added that arrangements were being made to ply more buses.

Meanwhile, a number of passengers were seen waiting for buses at depots and bus bays.

The RTC workers and employees took out a rally from Gandhi Chowk to the Collectorate. Several trade unions participated in the rally in support of the strike.

The passengers had a little relief with the South Central Railway running a passenger shuttle train from Kamareddy to the district headquarters town.

ADILABADMAHABUBNAGAR: The strike in Mahabubnagar region was total. All 800 buses were confined to their respective depots in the district.

However the authorities took measures for operating some 83 hired buses in the region. The efforts of the RTC Regional Manager, Ravi kumar, and Divisional Manager, Sane Ramesh, to appoint casual drivers failed as the private lorry association expressed solidarity with the RTC employees.

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