Telangana Agitation Puts Brakes on Bus Services to Andhra
By Express News Service | Published: 04th January 2014 08:06 AM |
The bandh called by the Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association (APNGOs) against bifurcation of the State, led to cancellation of bus services from Chennai and Vellore to AP on Friday.
TNSTC has been operating about 150 services from Chennai and Vellore on a daily basis and the entire fleet stood cancelled due to the stir. The TNSTC handles about 10,000 Andhra-bound passengers everyday.
Similarly, the Andhra Pradesh Transport Corporation, which too operates buses to various destinations in Andhra Pradesh, suspended its services in view of the strike. However, the buses which left Andhra Pradesh on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday reached Chennai and Vellore without any hassles.
Both transport corporations ply more number of buses to Tirupati - Tirumala, the hill abode of Lord Venkateswara, due to which devotees were affected, and those who had planned their trip had to hop on to trains which were operated as usual. A few buses which reached the Andhra border by dawn had to be stopped inside the State border to avoid any untoward incident. The private operators who had opened their bookings too cancelled their trips in view of the strike.
Speaking to Express, a senior official with the State Transport Department said that they had called off their services for the entire day.
“The services resumed by 4 pm on Friday and the full fleet will become operational from Saturday,” the official added. Muthamizh, a passenger, who had to rush for her train, said that they were not aware of the strike. “Had we been informed earlier, we would have planned the travel well in advance,” she said.