VIJAYAWADA: Telangana people living in Vijayawada are heading for their native land to be available during the Samagra Kutumba Survey (comprehensive household survey) Tuesday. This has triggered a heavy demand for bus services to Hyderabad, Warangal and other parts of the newly-formed state.
Hundreds of people, who have settled in the city and its surroundings areas, are rushing back to their native villages or towns with all the relevant documents.
Parents and relatives of Telangana people are frantically calling their dear ones who are studying or living in other states to return home for the survey, fearing that they would lose out on the welfare schemes by the government if they miss it.
“My parents asked me to return home to take part in the survey as the government might link these details with the welfare schemes and subsidies in the future,” said Mamata, a B.Ed student at AL College of Education in Guntur, who was on her way back to Warangal.
Another student, P Srikanth, pursuing CA in Guntur, said that he was going home to be counted in the survey. “I don’t want to take the risk as I was told by my family that every member should be present during the survey. Hence, I am going to Karimnagar, my hometown,” he added. A private employee from the city, C Sai Krishna, said that the survey would give an idea to Telangana government on the financial situation of the people. “This is the first survey by the Telangana government.
It is our duty to be there when the government is going to do something for us. So I am heading for my home in Hyderabad,” he explained. Meanwhile, APSRTC officials said that there was a floating rush to Hyderabad and other places but added that it was not just because of the state-wide survey in Telangana. “It is true that the buses are running full but it is not because of the survey alone. The end of the long weekend and the end of the marriage season are the major reasons for the rush,” said APSRTC Vijayawada regional manager G Sudish Kumar.
He further said that there was no proposal to run special buses to Telangana as they were able to meet the demand. Tickets of private buses to Telangana, especially Hyderabad, are sold out. “We are running a special bus every day to Hyderabad to meet the passenger demand. But I do not think that this is because of the household survey. Many people are going back after the long weekend,” said in-charge of Kaleswari Travels, Ganesh.