Lakhs rush to Seemandhra to vote
Hyderabad: Lakhs Rush to Seemandhra to Vote, Lakhs of City people set out on Tuesday to Seemandhra to cast their vote. Over 3.67 crore are set to vote in elections to 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies on Wednesday.
- APSRTC operated 850 additional buses on Monday and Tuesday, apart from the regular 1,000 buses
- About 3-4 lakh people left for Seemandhra in the last three days
- 150 private buses booked by political parties. Seven out of ten buses booked by YSRCP
- Trains jampacked-25 per cent extra traffic than normal day
Hyderabad: Lakhs of City people set out on Tuesday to Seemandhra to cast their vote. Over 3.67 crore are set to vote in elections to 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies on Wednesday. Chief Public Relations Officer of South Central Railway K Sambasiva Rao said there was 25 per cent extra traffic, than normal. Senior officials from the commercial branch and the Railway Protection Force were stationed at all major stations to monitor the traffic flow.
In April and May 110 additional coaches are added to several trains originating from Hyderabad, generating 1.3 lakh additional berths. Since the Seemandhra is going to polls on Wednesday, all trains going to various destinations in the region on Tuesday were packed with people who want to exercise their franchise. Such was the rush at the Secunderabad Railway Station, that trains had to depart 10-15 minutes late. Many rushed to the reserved compartments. Several families with small children faced difficulty in boarding trains.
While trains were full to the brim, several private bus operators made hay. AP Private Bus Operators’ Association president S C Bose said ‘about 150 buses were booked by political parties. This is unprecedented.” A bus owner J Ramu said seven out of ten buses were booked by YSRCP. About 60 per cent of private buses were fully booked by parties.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) too added 850 additional buses on Sunday and Monday to cater to the heavy rush. Normally, it operates additional buses during festivals, but it is for the first time that it has had to add so many buses for elections. A Koteshwar Rao, APSRTC Executive Director, said, ‘about two lakh people availed the bus service on Sunday and Monday. The maximum number of buses was put into service for Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra. Apart from the additional buses, occupancy in regular 1,000 buses too was full. Normally, 25 per cent of buses are empty, but in the last few days they ran with full capacity.’