School and college students in Bhopal were the worst hit as the city buses went off road suddenly in view of the transport operators’ strike on Thursday.
Confusion and chaos prevailed on the school campuses as the buses did not return to drop students home in the afternoon.
Caught unaware, school managements and teary-eyed students had to make frantic calls to parents requesting them to pick them up. Hassled parents were seen rushing to pick their wards on time.
“Such strikes create severe inconvenience for parents. We have to take leave from office to pick our children on time, which is not possible every time. Schools or district administration should announce holiday on those days when buses or schools vans are on strike,” said Satish Vyas, as he rushed to pick up his child from Carmel Convent School.
Meanwhile, leaders of bus drivers associations too condemned the bus drivers who went on strike suddenly. They however claimed that protestors forcibly stopped the buses at various spots in the city to make the strike successful.
“We were forcefully stopped by some drivers, who were on strike,” a school bus driver told HT, without wishing to be named.
President of Chalak Parichalak Evam Yatri Utthan Samiti, Shyam Sundar Sharma, said there was no call for strike for bus drivers in Madhya Pradesh. He also blamed the district administration saying they should have responded “strictly”.
Confusion and chaos prevailed on the school campuses in Bhopal on Thursday as the buses did not return to drop students home in the afternoon.