Hyderabad: 55 people, including ten children, were killed and several others were injured after a state-run road
transport corporation bus overturned and fell into a valley in Telangana’s Jagitial district on Tuesday
Authorities said brake failure could be one of the reason for the accident. The overcrowded bus was
carrying a large number of pilgrims who were returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu
Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.
“The bus is a local one from Jagitial depot…totally overloaded. The bus was coming from Shanivarampet
to Jagitial. After reaching Kondagattu, which is a ghat road, the bus lost control and fell down,
killing 23 persons on the spot. The bus had more than 50 passengers. The incident took place at 11.30
am. We were all at Collectorate and rushed immediately and rescued many by 12.15 pm,” said Jagitial
Revenue Divisional Officer G Narendhar.
The families of victims of the Kondagattu bus accident have been assured of ex-gratia and compensation
totaling at least Rs 10 lakh each by Finance Minister Etela Rajender.
He said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had announced Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia from the government to
all affected families. “In addition,” Rajender said, “if any of the victims were farmers and were
enrolled in the Rythu Bhima scheme, they would receive Rs 5 lakh towards life insurance.”
HELPLINE: 8004254247 is the number of hospital in Jagtyal for details.