Hyderabad: With private bus operators cashing on the Sankranti festive season rush and raising the fares abnormally, several heading for their home towns preferred either personal transportation or hire taxis.
As the rush peaked on Saturday, the bus stations teemed with passengers and the services were operated with packed buses.
TSRTC which operated special buses from January 10 till Saturday plans to run only regular services, officials said.
Private bus operators too cashed on the festive rush and doubled the fares during the holiday season. Generally, the bus (non-AC) fare from Hyderabad to Vijayawada is about Rs.350, the operators doubled it to Rs.700.
“Expecting this surge in fares, I decided to travel to Guntur in my car, though it is taxing to wait at the toll gates for long hours,” said Kameswara Rao, a resident of S.R.Nagar.
Sensing the heavy rush, TSRTC staggered the special bus operations to different areas in the city to avoid traffic jams in the core areas.
Despite, the arrangements, traffic snarls were witnessed at Uppal, LB Nagar, Chaitanyapuri, KPHB, Miyapur, Mehdipatnam, Hayathnagar and other areas during the last couple of days.
Traffic and TSRTC authorities said the traffic scenario eased a bit with many passengers already travelling to respective destinations on Thursday and Friday.
According to E Yadagiri, Rangareddy Regional Manager, over 1.50 lakh passengers travelled from the city to different parts of the States during January 10 to 13.