Normal RTC services very soon: Ajay Kumar

Thu 10 Oct 2019, 11:25:34
Minister for Transport P Ajay Kumar announced on Wednesday that steps are being taken to restore normalcy in the TSRTC services in the State from October 11 and the services will be run as per schedule that existed prior to the strike launched by RTC employees. 

The Minister said with educational institutions set to reopen on October 14, buses will be run on schedule. In every depot, the tour schedule will be the same, as the one which existed before the RTC workers strike. “This will be implemented from Friday. All the buses that go to the villages will be run and in all the buses, passes will be allowed,” he said.

The Minister was addressing a video conference with all district RTC officials, EDs, regional and divisional managers, RDOs on the RTC workers’ strike, measures taken by the Transport Department, and arrangements being made for those who travelled to their native places and returning to cities and other places where they work, after the end of the Dasara holidays.

Ajay Kumar also warned the temporary staff hired to operate TSRTC buses against collecting fares from passengers in excess to those prescribed officially. He said complaints were being received from passengers that temporary staffers were demanding fares in excess of the prescribed fares. Action will be taken against such persons and they will be considered ineligible for any future work or employment with TSRTC.

Meanwhile, the TSRTC JAC convenor Ashwathama Reddy said here that the strike by the RTC workers will be intensified. The strike was not about salaries but was about safeguarding the future of the corporation, he said.

With Dasara holidays coming to an end and people travelling in large numbers, many had a tough time finding alternative public transport facilities like trains and private buses in the city. Secunderabad and other railway stations were packed, while the rush at the Metro stations continued. However, major bus stations in the city wore a deserted look.

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