Pushpak bus shelters wallow in neglect

Pushpak bus shelters wallow in neglect
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The conditions in the “Pushpak” bus shelters in the city have turned from bad to worse. The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has failed to provide even basic amenities in the bus shelters Commuters are forced to hire cabs, instead of relying on public transport. The TSRTC officials claim that the Pushpak services have run into losses because of lack of patronage by people.

Hyderabad: The conditions in the “Pushpak” bus shelters in the city have turned from bad to worse. The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has failed to provide even basic amenities in the bus shelters Commuters are forced to hire cabs, instead of relying on public transport. The TSRTC officials claim that the Pushpak services have run into losses because of lack of patronage by people.

Shilpa, worker at Shamshabad airport, said she has been forced to depend on cabs as the frequency of buses to her home at Mehdipatnam is very low. Shilpa also said she has been spending whopping amounts of money for cabs due to poor public transport.

Vijay, who depends on public transport to travel to Shamshabad Airport narrated how the poor the amenities at the bus shelters. There is no drinking water and lighting at the bus shelters, he said. The conditions at the bus shelters are very poor as the TRS officials pay visit to them only once in a blue moon.

When queried about the unhygienic conditions at the bus shelters, the contract staff entrusted with the maintenance of them said they had not been receiving salaries for the last three months.

A passenger guide said there are as many as eight bus shelters in the city and 30 contract workers are working to keep the premises clean. But the workers are not paid salaries for the past three months by the contractor, he said.

Another contract worker Chandrashekar (name changed on request) said “the contractor has not paid us salary for three months. We have given representation to the officials, but no action has been taken.”

A senior official told The Hans India that there a very few passengers from city using this Pushpak services, but the buses coming from airport are overloaded with passengers.

He also said that earlier the bus shelters were operated by airport authorities. Now the TSRTC has taken over the maintenance of the bus shelters. When their attention was drawn to the issue of contract workers not being paid salaries, the officials said they would look into the problem.

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