Telangana bundh hits normal life

Telangana bundh hits normal life

Commuters were put into immense hardship with several trains either being terminated in faraway stations or making emergency halt with no access to any mode of public transport to reach their destinations.
In Guntur, local MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao (Congress) arranged meals for the passengers stranded at the railway station.

Moreover, 10,000 APSRTC buses remained off the road in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the region for the sixth day. About five lakh auto-rickshaws also joined the bundh.

Caught in a precarious situation are 7,000 aspirants of Group 1 final examinations slated for Sunday. The candidates are in utter confusion over the conduction of examination in Hyderabad and Warangal in the absence of transport in the region. However, the government is in no mood to postpone the examinations.

The South Central Railway (SCR) cancelled over 72 express and 264 passenger trains originating from or coming to Telangana or passing through the region. “In view of some incidents that took place during similar protests earlier, we are not operating train services this time,” said SCR Chief Public Relations Officer K Sambasiva Rao in a press release.

Secunderabad and Hyderabad railway stations wore a deserted look, barring the presence of large contingents of police and sanitation staff who used the opportunity to clean the platforms.

According to Railway Protection Force Inspector General  B Mohan, political activists staged protests at 24 railway stations across the region and stopped goods trains at two places. These trains were later moved to other locations.

Leaders of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India-ML New Democracy squatted on the track at Kazipet in Warangal district, the main junction connecting South and North India.

Leaders and activists of the Telangana Joint Action Committee squatted on the railway tracks on all the major 30 points across the region.

TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son K Taraka Rama Rao participated in the “rail roko” agitation at Moula Ali station here. Rao’s daughter Kavitha took part in the stir at Tandur. His nephew T Harish Rao joined the agitation at Manoharabad iin Medak district.

As a precaution, the railways had cancelled 222 local services in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and 102 diesel hydraulic multiple unit trains in other parts of Telangana.

The SCR authorities have also short terminated, diverted and rescheduled many long-distance trains in the north-south and east-west corridors. The rail link between Hyderabad and rest of Telangana and also between the state capital and other regions of Andhra Pradesh has been completely snapped. All trains between Hyderabad and destinations like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Patna, Rajkot and Balharshah have been cancelled.

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