As the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees strike intensifies, Hyderabad Metro rail witnessed heavy foot fall on Monday with up to 4 lakh commuters using the metro rail.
With the Telangana Congress leaders were attempting to lay siege around Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s Camp office, the police decided to close down the Begumpet station that is near the Chief Minister’s Office.
The shutdown of Begumpet railway station which is the key station connecting the twin cities added to the woes of commuters causing severe traffic snarls in the city on Monday.
Begumpet station usually witnesses heavy footfall at all times only next to the interchange stations. Moreover, the schools across the state were reopened on Monday after an extended Dusshera vacation which made the traffic situation further worse.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing Director NVS Reddy told that on Monday a record foot fall of 4 lakh people was witnessed. He added that observing the heavy rush in the morning itself the metro rail frequency was increased to every 3.5 to 4.5 minutes during peak hours and to 6 to 7 minutes during non-peak hours.
The HMRL added that four extra trains were engaged that carried out 120 extra trips to ease the commute of residents.
Many police personnel were deployed near Pragati Bhavan to tackle the protestors near Chief Minister’s residence. Police also conducted searches in moving vehicles, hotels and lodges in Begumpet to see if Congress workers were staying there.
Congress Party called for ‘Chalo Pragati Bhavan’ as the TSRTC strike enters 17th day on Monday.