The public transport system is set to be hit on May 22 as nearly 1,300 Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses would be busy ferrying Telugu Desam Party (TDP) activists to the venue of Dharma Porata Deeksha (DPD).
Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu would lead the Deeksha as part of his protest against the Centre for not extending the special category tag to the state despite a series of requests and protests held by people from all walks of life across the state earlier.
The transport authorities like Road Transport Authority (RTA) and APSRTC were asked to arrange for at least 2,100 buses to ferry the party workers to the dharna, which will be held at the Andhra University Engineering College Grounds.
Speaking to, APSRTC Visakhapatnam regional manager in-charge B Appala Naidu said, TDP Deeksha organisers have requested the RTC to arrange for 1,300 buses to transport party activists. Accordingly, the organization is busy arranging the buses from four coastal districts — Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam
Naidu said that Visakhapatnam district RTC wing has 1,100 buses, and 550 buses of them would be used for the Deeksha.
“We procured the 1,300 buses from the four districts. Most of the buses would be plying in the city routes as per the requests from the organisers,” Naidu added. TDP sources said nearly 1 lakh people are expected to take part in the dharna.
At least 10,000 members from all assembly constituencies, 5,000 cadres from each rural and agency constituency are expected to participate in the dharna. Vizag has 15 assembly segments including seven in the city.