Telangana paralysed as two-day rail blockade begins
Transport services in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh came
to a halt as a two-day 'rail blockade' and strike by
auto-rickshaws began Saturday morning, adding to the woes of
people already reeling under the impact of protest by the
state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC).
services remained paralyzed in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh
Sunday due to a rail blockade by activists, and strike by auto
rickshaw and state-owned bus employees demanding separate
statehood. Thousands of commuters were left stranded across the
region and in many cities.
The rail blockade by Telangana activists continued for the second
day Sunday, while the strike by employees of state-owned Road
Transport Corporation (RTC) buses entered the seventh day.
Railway stations in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the
region wore a deserted look as railways cancelled all the trains.
Protesters demanding separate statehood to Telangana returned to
the tracks Sunday morning.
Protesters near almost all the railway stations continued staging
the cook and dine protest on the tracks and were also playing
games and participating in cultural programmes.
At some places like in Nalgonda, activists of Telangana Rashtra
Samithi (TRS) spent the night, had bath and breakfast on the
Hyderabad and the rest of Telangana remained cut off from coastal
Andhra and Rayalaseema regions as both trains and buses did not
Thousands of commuters remained stranded in cities like Vijayawada,
Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati due to cancellation of all
trains and buses.
Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is spearheading the
movement, is reportedly planning to extend the rail blockade till
Sep 27. JAC leaders say they have not yet taken a final decision.
The South Central Railway (SCR) cancelled over 72 express and 264
passenger trains in the region Saturday and Sunday.
The railways have cancelled all 222 Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS)
services or local trains in the twin cities of Hyderabad and
Secunderabad and 102 Diesel Hydraulic Multiple Unit (DHMU) trains
in other parts of Telangana.
Over 500,000 auto rickshaws also remained off the roads.
Over 10,000 RTC buses remained off the roads for the seventh day.
With no mode of transport available, people are having a harrowing
time. The employees of IT companies in Cyberabad, the IT cluster
in the state capital, also had a tough time in reaching the
'People's strike' by state-owned Singareni Collieries paralyzed
coal production for the 13th day Sunday.
It threw the generation and supply of electricity out of gear and
affected business and industry.