Skeletal services operated on Tirumala ghat road

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: With the bulk of the RTC fleet staying off the road for the second day on Tuesday in the wake of the statewide strike, the authorities managed to put in place only a skeletal service to mitigate the sufferings of the travelling public.

On the Tirumala ghat road, the RTC operated more than fifty buses with the help of drivers roped in on contract basis. On the high density routes in the district towards Chittoor, Srikalahasti, Madanapalle, the RTC managed to put on road 80 of its buses and ran them with contract drivers.

Meanwhile the call given by the management to retired RTC drivers and conductors to come for stop gap operations went unheeded with none responding to it expressing solidarity with their one-time fraternity.

Pilgrims woes

Though there was a marked fall in the pilgrim influx, the TTD continued with its contingency operations not only to clear the stranded pilgrims but also attend on those who still kept trickling in from other states unaware of the transport strike.

To rein in the private transport operators who were making a fast buck obviously exploiting the situation, the TTD stepped in and pegged the rate at Rs. 25 per head.

The fair is to be paid only in front of the TTD's security guards at the security point.

To meet the second Saturday and Sunday rush, the TTD decided that in addition to the present arrangement, it should allow even vehicles with 30-plus seats capacity to ply on the ghat road.

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