Commuters relying on buses to travel from Delhi to Gurgaon were left fending for themselves as most Haryana Roadways buses stayed off the roads in the Capital on Saturday as a mark of protest against a challaning drive by the Delhi police.
Gurgaon depot general manager Surendra Singh Mann said, “The Volvo buses from Chandigarh via Dundahera carried on with their usual service. However, 14 buses plying between Manesar and Karol Bagh and from Sector 56 to the IGI Airport returned from Iffco Chowk. The buses resumed service only after five in the evening.”
As most of the Haryana buses remained off roads, the DTC buses had to bear the brunt of the teeming crowd.
“We were bursting at the seams as all the passengers of the Haryana Roadway buses turned to us,” said Virender Singh, driver of a DTC bus at the Gurgaon bus depot.
Another driver said that passengers of Kashmere Gate and Anand Vihar ISBT suffered the most, while those of Sarai Kale Khan ISBT remained unaffected.
Also, staff of the Huda City Centre Metro station confirmed an increase in passenger traffic owing to the strike.
Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal had parleyed with his traffic counterparts in Delhi on Thursday and Friday, but the outcome of the meeting was not acceptable to the union.
It was decided in the meeting that the Haryana buses would be spared for one week and thereafter its challans would be videographed for authenticity.
A nodal officer would be appointed for managing the grievances of the drivers.