Hyderabad: Residents of the north-eastern colonies of Secunderabad are raising the issue of lack of public transport connecting their areas to the main city, while TRS MP candidate Marri Rajasekhar Reddy is promising to turn all railway stations into smart stations with all amenities.
There is a lack of connectivity to the Yapral colonies by bus or train, and the only option available to the public is to travel by autorickshaws that do not run by the meter and charge exorbitant fares from passengers.
Currently, there are no buses running towards Balajinagar, Kowkoor, Yapral, Kalyani Gardens, and High Tension Road.
Sources said that although buses used to ply along the route earlier, most of them were withdrawn after road repair was taken up at High Tension Road. The services were not restored even after the completion of road repairs.
A netizen said in a tweet, “Yapral needs connectivity with Bolarum Rajiv Rahadari via Valerian Grammar School by road. Public transport is missing from Yapral and Kapra Colonies. The only means are the expensive local autos and none have meters. (sic)”
Mr Rajasekhar Reddy in his first promise to the people of Malkajgiri constituency said, “I promise to upgrade the railway stations to smart stations with all the amenities.”
Autorickshaws charge anywhere between Rs 50 and Rs 100 for 1 km of travel whereas a bus ride would cost only Rs 10.
Mr C.S. Chandrasekhar from the Federation of North Eastern Colonies of Secunderabad said, “Many middle-class families are suffering due to the lack of connectivity, especially in emergencies.”
Deccan Chronicle contacted RTC officials, who said that they were planning to increase the number of buses on that route and that they have sent proposals to the higher authorities. “However, it’s an issue of infrastructure deficiency as far as extra buses, drivers and conductors are concerned,” added the official. Residents also complained about the lack of direct connectivity from the extreme north-eastern colonies to the railway, bus and Metro stations.