Hyderabad, Oct 6 (UNI) A record of 3.65 lakh commuters travelled in Metro trains here on a single day on Saturday due to TSRTC employees strike, which entered the second day on Sunday.
This is the highest patronage record till date and the previous highest was 3.23 lakh passengers, according to Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing Director NS Reddy .
Metro Rail had operated 100 additional trips on Saturday with 6 extra trains by increasing the frequency of trains following the RTC strike as a large number of people mostly daily commuters travel by buses opted to take Metro services, he said.
Generally, about 2.70 lakh passengers travel in Metro trains during weekends but owing to the RTC strike, there was heavy rush on Saturday with 3.65 lakh boarding the trains.
On Sunday, there was not much rush, “I think people may have left the city for Dasara festival," he added.
Owing to the indefinite strike by TSRTC employees, a majority of buses restricted to depots across the state, causing inconvenience to commuters, particularly Dasara festival travellers.
With nearly 50,000 employees boycotting work and buses of the state-owned TSRTC staying off the roads since Friday midnight across Telangana, the state government made alternative arrangements and engaged services of temporary drivers and conductors to operate buses.
According to RTC officials, the number of bus services would be increased to clear the festive rush.
Sources said around 150 of the nearly 50,000 employees had reported for work, following the government deadline to employees to resume work.(UNI)