Tormented by the ever-rising fuel prices, the aam aadmi has decided to forgo the comforts of personal vehicles in favour of public transport. However, the State-run behemoths doesn’t seem to care
With the steep hike in petrol prices, the common man is looking for alternatives like opting for public transports. But nothing seems to be helping them. Many complain that the buses run by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) are irregular and over-crowded while the Multi-Modal Transport Service (MMTS) trains aren’t well connected.
For people like Binoy, marketing executive in a pharmaceutical company in the City, who needs to travel extensively around the City, it’s tough to manage the fuel expenses. “My company pays me only `800 as monthly fuel allowance, which is actually my weekly expense. If I plan to dump my vehicle and take public transport, it’s next to impossible. While the APSRTC buses are already crowded, I don’t want to risk my life and the so-called MMTS does not connect to all major areas in the City. Hence I am forced to bear the fire of the fuel price,” he laments.
“With a monthly salary of `15,000, the increased fuel price will only ruin my family’s monthly budget,” bewails Binoy Jacob.
“When one uses public transport you are heavily dependent on them. You have to schedule yourself accordingly which is not possible always. As a working professional, this can hamper my job. This is something the government has failed to understand,” said Rita C, technical writer.
Currently, the MMTS trains runs in two streams — Secunderabad to Falaknuma and Secunderabad to Hyderabad to Lingampally. “Secunderabad and Hitec City are the hub of passenger services for the City, where MMTS services need to be improved. Seeing the constant rise in fuel prices and shortage of diesel in the city, it’s time that the government should plan some more and new routes for the common man. From the past one week, I am opting for carpooling as that’s the only alternative I am left with,” said Ajay Nayak, an MNC employee.
However the officials have a different take on the issue “The new routes can only be started in the second phase which will take some more time. As of now we have a total of 121 services in two streams that are Secunderabad-Falaknuma and Secunderabad-Hyderabad-Falaknuma. Nearly 1.05 lakh passengers travel daily on these routes” said, Shakeel Ahmed, South Central Railway spokesman.
Many employees from areas like Madhapur, Hitec City and Gachibowli are now taking to carpooling as there is no alternative left for them.