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Bus passengers left to fend for themselves


Passengers faced severe problems due to the impact of the Bharat Bandh on Tuesday morning. The APSRTC buses were confined to depots till 3 pm in the wake of the bandh call.

Passengers with long-distance travel have to wait at the bus stations along with their family members. Taking advantage of the situation, the auto-rickshaw and cab drivers charged huge amounts from the passengers. In a surprise move, the state government on Monday announced the partial closure of government offices and suspension of APSRTC bus services on Tuesday, besides declaring a holiday for educational institutions, in solidarity with the Bharat Bandh call given by farmers’ associations protesting against the new farm bills introduced by the BJP led NDA government at the Centre.

One B Venkateswaraulu, who planned to attend a marriage at Machilipatnam, was struck at the bus station due to bandh and he was forced to pay an amount four times extra that bus fare to a private vehicle operator to reach his destination. He lamented that sudden cancellation of buses by the RTC without prior intimation created a lot of difficulties to the commuters who used to travel through state-owned transport service. APSRTC ED operations Brahmananda Reddy said that out of 6,810 services that are operated on normal days, only 2,715 were operated, while the remaining 4,095 services confined to depot. He said that only 39.87 percent of services were operated to various destinations due to bandh, he added.

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