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Telangana comes to a standstill today

Life in Telangana is likely to come to a standstill on Tuesday, thanks to the state government’s Intensive Household Survey. Not just the state-owned public transport buses, even private vehicles, will remain off the roads.

The government has declared a public holiday on Tuesday. Besides government offices, cinema halls, malls, banks, hotels, fuel stations, other commercial establishments and industrial units will remain closed. Even publishers of various newspapers have given a holiday to their administrative staff.

The survey caused much buzz in the past fortnight and all those who were away started rushing back to their native places from district headquarters, state capital and far off places like Surat, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Consequently, all the buses and trains, which were either passing through or heading towards various destinations in the new state, had been running packed to capacity in the past few days.

Meanwhile, the entire government machinery is geared up for IHS. The first of its kind survey aims to enumerate all 86,85,000 households in the state on a single day. As many as 3,69,729 people, including policemen and students, have been pressed into service.

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