Hyderabad: In the biggest protest since the employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation called for a strike against the KCR government on October 5, a statewide shutdown was observed by the TSRTC staff, disrupting transportation across Hyderabad and 32 other districts. More than 50,000 cabs across the state are also off the road as Ola and Uber cab drivers joined the transport strike, demanding regularisation of the ride-hailing market.
The 12-hour bandh began at 5 am amid heightened security at most bus depots. At the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, the biggest bus station in Hyderabad, there were no buses running to any destination in Telangana and neighbouring states.
“We told the private drivers and conductors that we are on strike today and they will be driving our buses at their own risk. All of them cooperated with us,’’ union leader VSCS Reddy told.
The shutdown call has been supported by opposition parties.