Hyderabad, Oct.6 (NSS): TSRTC buses remained off the road on the second day due to the indefinite strike by employees unions on Sunday. Most of the buses continued to stay off the road across the State causing hardship to commuters, particularly Dasara festival travelers.
The indefinite strike by the TSRTC employees and workers was by and large peaceful on Saturday, with the corporation managing to operate 40 per cent of its services with its own fleet and hiring the services of private bus operators and educational institutions across the State. The strike called by the JAC of various employees’ and workers’ unions started from the midnight of Friday, just when the corporation was gearing up to meet the rush of passengers on account of Bathukamma and Dasara festivals.
According to official sources, the TSRTC, which has 10,460 buses, operated over 6,000 buses, including 2,129 buses from its own fleet and 1,717 buses already on hire with the corporation, besides issuing route permits to 1,155 private buses. The government also used the services of another 1,195 vehicles belonging to educational institutions across the State.
In Hyderabad, many passengers, especially those heading to their home towns for Dasara festival, faced inconvenience. The Transport department and TSRTC management arranged special buses and operated a few from Jubilee Bus Station and Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station for convenience of those traveling to different districts