Adilabad: Telangana State Road Transport Corporation employees and workers intensified their protest across the district on the sixth day of their indefinite agitation. However, alternative public transport system was provided helping passengers to reach their destination.
In Adilabad district centre and Mancherial district headquarters, the agitators took out a rally and tried to enter the bus depot. They danced to songs and raised slogans against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Mild tension prevailed when cops foiled their bid. However, they staged a sit-in in front of the depot.
Mancherial depot’s Joint Action Committee convener MS Pasha criticized the government for not responding to their demands. He sought the government to come to the rescue of the employees by merging the corporation with it. He wanted it to withdraw its move to privatize the state-owned public transport system. He urged it to clear arrears and reinstate the workers who were sacked for launching the strike. The leaders declared that they would intensify further if the government fails to fulfill the demands. They vowed to fight until it succumbs to their strike. Several teacher, employees’ unions and JACs extended their support to the strike. JAC Convener Goli Shankar, V Madhusudan Rao, and treasurer B Bapu, G Keshanna were few among many who were present.
As many as 355 services including 171 buses owned by the corporation and 184 hired were operated on various routes in Adilabad, Asifabad, Bhainsa, Mancherial, Nirmal and Utnoor depots as against total fleet of 533, indicating 66.60 percent. They were run as part of alternative public transportation arranged by government in the wake of the indefinite strike.