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Hyderabad welcomes the return of its watchmen and maids

Hyderabad welcomes the return of its watchmen and maids
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Hyderabad welcomes the return of its watchmen and maids, The city limped to normalcy on Wednesday morning, having endured a nerve-wracking weekend caused by the mega survey fever. RTC buses and other forms of public transport disgorged the returnees from various Telangana districts,

The city limped to normalcy on Wednesday morning, having endured a nerve-wracking weekend caused by the mega survey fever. RTC buses and other forms of public transport disgorged the returnees from various Telangana districts, most of them being service providers like lift operators, watchmen, security guards and domestic maids. Relief was palpable at least in colonies where apartments are chock-a-block, in fact, most parts of the twin cities, to be precise.

Like the way people had left, their return too was a cumbersome one with buses having more passengers than they could accommodate

“I am happy that I was able to go to my village in Nizamabad and take part in the survey. I had to send my family two days ahead and I hopped on to a bus, sitting on its top for a long part of the journey,” said Vittal, watchman of a residential complex in Himayatnagar recounting his trip. His return too was a cumbersome one with buses having more passengers than they could accommodate.
Similar tales of returning to the big city were heard from both the core and peripheral areas of the city. Gasps of satisfaction were expressed by single residents of Hyderabad, the day after the survey got over. While bachelors and working women had to make do with absolutely frugal fare on Tuesday, the enumerators themselves had to battle out two problems – low payments and no food availability.
It was thus a reality check for the new state capital to see it go through such helplessness as nearly 65-70 per cent of around 25,000- 30,000 apartments have its service providers from the Telangana region. The survey may have been a ‘super hit’ as TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao put it, but it hit the routines of the residents rather badly.
“I am glad it is over,” said a resident welfare association office bearer in Sainikpuri who did not think too high of this exercise. As of now, with some parts of the city still being tracked by the enumerators, it is only hoped that the survey meets its objectives.
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