Hyderabad, January 12
With people setting out to their native places for the Sankranti festival, the Hyderabad-Vijayawada road filled bumper to bumper with vehicles specially at toll gates.
Vehicles got stranded for a distance of one kilometer at Panthangi toll gate and Korlapahad toll gate near Kethepalli mandal and witnessed heavy traffic jam.
The toll gate officials took special measures to reduce the rush and allotted more toll gates for Vijayawada-bound vehicles.
Secunderabad railway station was filled with passengers, who were forced to wait for hours together due to lack sufficient trains. They are finding it hard to get a seat in buses or trains.
A few passengers staged a protest at Jubilee bus stand as there were no buses to accommodate huge rush. They demanded running more buses and trains on the occasion.
Several people of Andhra Pradesh, who have been living in Hyderabad on jobs, usually leave to their native places for Sankranti festival. While Telangana people living in Hyderabad head to their native districts.
But RTC and railway departments reportedly failed to provide sufficient arrangements for the passengers this year. Cashing in on the occasion, private service operators have doubled and tripled the bus fare.
The public requested the government to run special buses and trains keeping in view the heavy rush during festival season. The governments in both states seem to have underestimated the rush expecting the shadow of demonetization to befall on the public.