Hyderabad people find ways to bypass COVID to celebrate Makar Sankranti

Hyderabad people find ways to bypass Covid to celebrate Makar Sankranti

Hyderabad people find ways to bypass Covid to celebrate Makar Sankranti&  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspIANS

Hyderabad: Covid has spoilt the mood of the Makar Sankranti in 2021. But people from Hyderabad are finding new ways to beat Covid and travel to their hometowns. The entry point of ORR near Gachibowli saw a huge number of private vehicles being availed by people to go out to different locations such as Vijayawada, Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Guntur. The rush is restricted to these private cabs instead of public transport. 

Plying of private vehicles as taxis are not allowed and Telangana’s taxi union has protested against it. K. Sushila from Ghatkesar and a native of Tanuku told The New Indian Express, “We are travelling with my in-laws back home for the first Sankranti celebration after my wedding. We could not take the risk of travelling in a bus or a train because of the virus threat. So we have decided to hire a private cab and drive all the way to Tanuku. That way the exposure will be restricted.”

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The demand is down by almost 50%. “We used to schedule 200-250 trains every day. This year, 100 trains have been scheduled on a daily basis,” said a South Central Railway official.

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