Passengers in great rush in Ludhiana as Punjab Roadways staff strike continues
Although private buses continued to operate, large numbers of passengers were seen waiting at the stand as around 200 Punjab Roadways buses remained off-road amid the strike in Ludhiana
As the indefinite strike by Punjab Roadways / Punjab Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) contract staff entered its second day on Tuesday, passengers faced a strenuous period at the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev interstate bus terminal as services were affected. generally.
Although private buses continued to run, large numbers of passengers were seen waiting at the stand as around 200 government-run buses remained off-road amid the strike.
Passengers, who take advantage of free travel facilities on government-run buses, were in high demand because they had to pay to travel on private buses.
While waiting for a bus to Jalandhar, one Daljit Kaur said: “Employees should not harass the public during their protest and bus services should not be disrupted. I came to meet my relatives in town and had to pass ??180 on travel, which could have been free on a normal day.
Punjab Roadways / Punbus contract workers union district chairman Shamsher Singh said, “The indefinite strike will continue until the contract workers are not regularized by the government. The State Department has scheduled a meeting with employee union representatives for Wednesday and further decisions regarding the unrest will be made after the meeting. “
Bus station supervisor Kuljit Singh Sodhi said around 25 buses were operated on different routes by the department replacing regular staff there, but the majority of them remained off-road due to the contract staff. Meetings are being held at the state level to resolve the issue, he added.