Hyderabad is wearing a deserted look all of a sudden. People who came to the city for livelihood have gone to their native places for the Sankranthi holidays. As a result, the traffic congestion on the roads has been reduced. The ever-crowded shopping malls are also empty. Authorities estimate that about 30 lakh people may have left the city until Wednesday. Some are planning to stay in the city for fear of corona. Sankranthi is a big festival for the people in AP. Holidays have been announced for educational institutions from the 8th of this month.
IT companies and other companies are already operating with Work From Home in the wake of the Omicron scare. With this, many people left the city in buses, trains, and own vehicles.
About 20 lakh passengers traveled in RTC buses alone, said TSRTC MD Sajjanar. Of the 30 Lakh people that left Hyderabad, up to 25 lakh went to AP and up to 5 lakh went to other parts of Telangana. Another ten lakh people may have left the city yesterday and today.
Traffic and pollution have come down drastically. Especially in the IT sector, congestion has been reduced in Gachibowli, Manikonda, Serilingampally, Madhapur, Kondapur, and Kukatpally. However, Routes to railway stations and bus stands continue to be congested. There are rumors that the Sankranthi holidays may be extended to the schools. In such a case, the city will continue to wear a deserted look for some more days.