RTC strike puts commuters in trouble

Published on May 09, 2015 01:57:47 AM
Cities
The number of commuters at railway stations in the city on Friday continued to swell with RTC unions refusing to call off their strike demanding better wages for RTC employees. The railway stations were serving more than twice the number of usual passengers owing to the strike. Ashok Kumar, a railway employee at Secunderabad Railway Station said that the bus strike resulted in two-fold increase in the number of passengers. He revealed that the bus strike resulted in chaos among passengers, due to which many were missing trains. 

The railway stations were serving more than twice the number of usual passengers owing to the strike. Those travelling within the city were just as affected since MMTS trains have a limited network of transportation and do not ply over many places in the city

Railway employees were not exempted  from the trouble of waiting for hours to board a train

"The waiting hall is full, we missed our train. We have to board the next train to Warangal now. What other option do we have than to rest here itself waiting for the next train?” questioned Kavita, a mother of three young ones. Those travelling within the city were just as affected since MMTS trains have a limited network of transportation and do not ply over many places in the city. One family was seen waiting on a platform at Secunderabad railway station, which was to travel to Old City to attend a wedding.

"Our only option is to board an MMTS train that would transport us to Falaknuma,” said Syed Riyaz. He said that autos were charging way beyond the usual fare, while sharing autos were overcrowded and not plying towards Old City. "Buses were our regular mode of transport, since we could easily board a bus to Old City from here,” he rued. Even railway employees were not exempt from the trouble of having to wait for hours to board a train.

Uma Bindu, a pharmacist with the railway hospital at Bhoiguda, travels by bus due to the high frequency of buses between Secunderabad and Bollaram. "One train towards Bollaram leaves at 4.45 pm, the next leaves only at 6.20 pm. I leave office at 5 pm, so I have to wait till 6.20 pm to board a train,” she complained.

‘Regularise contract staff’
Hyderabad: Stating that RTC MD N Sambasiva Rao was threatening contract employees, RTC worker unions said that they would join duties only after services of contract employees were regularised. Employees’ Union general secretary Padmakar said, "All regular workers will attend duties only after contract workers start attending their duties,” said Padmakar. The union leaders claimed that the RTC MD assured them to take their salary issue to both the governments and wanted unions to wait until April 30The union leaders condemned the lathicharge on women conductors in Chittoor.

If anything happens to conductor Usha Rani, who has been admitted to a hospital, the workers will stop buses to Tirumala, warned Padmakar. Meanwhile, the management cancelled recognition of all RTC unions.