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Nightmarish experience at Krishnalanka bus stop

Ardha Srinivas

Service auto-rickshaws add to commuters' woes


Both RTC and private buses vie for space at the bus stop

VMC will relocate it in days to come, says RTC official




Chaotic:Commuters face a tough time at the bus stop at Krishnalanka fire station in Vijayawada.

VIJAYAWADA: It is always a nightmarish experience for commuters using the bus stop near the Krishnalanka fire station, as buses and service auto-rickshaws vie with one another to occupy the busy junction, throwing traffic into a haywire.

Adding to the woes of residents of several localities of Krishnalanka along the national highway, who have been witnessing road accidents almost on a daily basis, the bus-stop area is often fully occupied by the service auto-rickshaws that ply between Mangalagiri and the city.

“Both APSRTC buses and private ones halt at the same stop, which is a very narrow one without any scope for parking of more than one vehicle. But these vehicles vie and compete with each other frightening the people driving behind them,” says G. Pavan Kumar of Mangalagiri town, who comes to the city every day for work.

Local people say that a large number of representations have been made to the APSRTC officials to relocate the bus stop to a nearby spot or deploy an official to monitor the movement and halting of buses and auto-rickshaws.

“We come to the city every day to attend college. We too face a tough time boarding a bus because of chaotic system of halting,” says K. Kiran, an undergraduate student.

Traffic police say that proposals have been sent to the municipal authorities to relocate the bus stop along with the fire station.

“As the junction connects Krishnalanka to M.G. Road, the intensity of traffic during peak hours, especially during the opening and closing hours of schools and colleges, is very high,” points out a traffic constable on duty.

Temporary measure

When contacted, APSRTC Regional Manager A. Koteswara Rao says that the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation will relocate the Krishnalanka fire station bus stop along with many other ones in the days to come and, as a temporary measure, a person will be deputed to monitor the running of buses.

People frequenting the area seem to look forward to a permanent solution.

“The permanent solution to this problem is in the hands of the VMC. Only when it relocates the bus stop will there be no more traffic problem at this junction,” says Mr. Pavan Kumar.

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