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Telangana JAC plans obstructing mass transportation

September 23, 2011
Hyderabad

Taking its demand for a separate Telangana state to a new level, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) is planning a 36-hour shutdown of all major modes of mass transportation systems in the telangana region. With this, the South Central Railway has, on a precautionary note, cancelled, diverted or rescheduled several trains so as to minimize the inconvenience that might cause to the public. The Telangana Auto rickshaw Drivers Union has announced their support and is putting auto rickshaws off the road till Sunday night.

The proposed Rail Rokho by the TJAC will begin from 6 AM on Saturday and will continue till 6 PM on Sunday. Sources at the South Central Railway say that as many as 55 express trains are cancelled, 55 more are diverted through other routes, 48 are partially cancelled, 8 are rescheduled to run at a different timing and 2 are regulated. Apart from this, 102 pairs of passenger trains are either fully or partially cancelled. The 222 MMTS and 102 DHMU trains that run in the twin cities are completely cancelled.

Railways, unlike other modes of transport, suffer from the queuing problem where when one train getting stuck due to agitation at one station will hamper the movement of all trains that pass en-route.

The Railways has extended the ticket cancellation counter timings from 8 PM to 9:30 PM along with opening of additional counters to allow passengers who have already booked tickets. Along with this, special telephone help lines at various important railway stations have been set up so as to enable passengers to enquire about the trains.The Inspector General of the Government Railway Police, V S K Kaumudi said that their immediate task is to protect the railway property from being damaged considering many of the railway services are cancelled. Several hundreds of additional railway policemen are deployed on a precautionary note.

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