As the Sankranti festival celebrations lead to increased travel, the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway witnesses a surge in traffic congestion. The Pantangi Toll Plaza and Korla Pahad in Nalgonda district have observed a notable rise in the number of vehicles compared to the previous year, indicating heightened travel activity. Pantangi Toll Plaza recorded 53,000 vehicles passing through from Thursday midnight to Friday evening, surpassing last year’s full-day count of 60,000 vehicles. The increased traffic flow is evident as over 50,000 vehicles traversed the plaza within just 18 hours this year.
Efforts to manage the heightened traffic include the opening of ten toll booths on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada side at Pantangi Toll Plaza by GMR. Similarly, eight toll booths were operationalized at Korla Pahad. Despite these measures, congestion persists at both locations. The impact of increased travel is not limited to road congestion, as bus and railway stations in Telugu states, including Tirupati, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam, are grappling with overcrowding due to a surge in passengers.
In response to the festive rush, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has introduced special buses, alleviating the travel burden on passengers without imposing additional charges. The situation is reflective of the general trend, with bus and railway stations across Telugu states experiencing congestion during this festive season. The provision of special buses by APSRTC aims to facilitate seamless and affordable travel for passengers.