Toll Tax waived off in both Telugu States for Sankranthi

In a move that provides relief to lakhs of people travelling to their native villages and towns in Andhra Pradesh, both the Telugu States’ government waived off toll taxes for people travelling on the National Highway between January 13th and January 16th.  
This move has provided relief to many families travelling to their native towns and villages in Telangana and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. “It will ease long traffic snarls seen at the toll gates on Hyderabad-Vijayawada, Hyderabad-Warangal and other highways,” said an NHAI official. 
Come Sankranthi and hundreds of four-wheelers queue up at the toll gates, slowing down the movement of vehicles on highways ahead of the festival.

Lakhs of people, employed in Hyderabad, head to their homes in towns and villages. This is a usual scene that people of both the Telugu states witness during the 3-day festival.
Meanwhile, South Central Railway (SCR) and Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) have been operating special trains and buses respectively between Hyderabad and other destinations to clear the Sankranti rush. 
The SCR has reportedly put at least 200 special trains into operation, connecting various cities and towns in the two Telugu states, for the purpose. Last week, the TSRTC announced that it was deploying an extra 5,000 buses to deal with the rush.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has also reportedly deployed an additional 2,000 buses to deal with the rush as large bus stands like the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) in Vijayawada witnessed packed scenes.

This apart, private bus operators who operate vehicles between districts and between the two states, also hiked their rates, to profit off the heavy rush.

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