As police deployment is provided additional in ladies coaches, even though women passengers are frequently travelling by bus because of evening occupancy in MMTS remains low and another reason is that safety concerns outside some of the secluded stations like Lingampally, Uppugudda, Bolaram, etc.
Lately improvement of MMTS trains punctuality but still women feel taking trains in late evening hours might mean trouble.
A commuter Deepika Roy said “On many days, when I have to return home after 8.30 pm to Lingampally from Begumpet, I prefer to take a bus back. I found travelling by MMTS a bit uncomfortable as almost no women passengers were there in the coach. Moreover, after getting off at Lingampally, the walk outside the station to the main road seemed scary with men staring at the one or two women passing by.”
Another commuter Parichipally Lekha said “The problem with MMTS is that once you miss a train from Uppal towards Lingampally, the next one comes only after 45 minutes or an hour. During late hours, it’s better to go for a bus as the frequency is more and it is possible to reach one’s destination in a little over that time.”
A woman TTE on condition of anonymity said “Women still prefer to travel till 6.30 pm, after that the number drops within half an hour to only two-three.”