Residents are left with only a few commuting options this Holi as most of the public and private transport services will not operate till noon on Thursday.
Holi is a festival of colours, fun and frolic. Besides, many people celebrate by consuming bhang thandai (cannbis drink) and alcohol on the day. With mass transit services unavailable in the morning and given the celebratory mood, it might be unsafe to drive in the city on Thursday.
Haryana Roadways inter-city and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses, metro services by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Rapid Metro and majority of autorickshaws will not operate before 2pm.
The DMRC and Rapid Metro trains will start at 2:30pm.
“Metro train services will start at 2:30pm instead of the usual 6am on all lines on March 24 and will continue normally thereafter. In addition, metro feeder bus services will not be available on Thursday,” a spokesperson of the DMRC said.
Private buses, bike sharing and carpooling services such as Shuttl, Meri Bus, M-Taxi and Orahi, which have become popular commuting options for Gurgaon residents, have decided to suspend their services on the festive day.
As most of the customers of these services are corporate employees, the services have also decided to take a break with Holi and the long weekend.
“The services of M-Taxi will resume on Friday. We are not working on Holi, which is on Thursday, as a lot of people consume alcohol and it is very difficult to commute with drunk pillion riders,” an official of M-Taxi, a bike sharing service, said.
However, residents want the government and transport department to run some services for people throughout the day on Holi. Even the chauffeur services such as Home Safe India and Perfect Driver Service, and cab services such as Ola and Uber, have mostly been pre-booked and only a few are available on Thursday.
“I tried calling four different chauffeur services in the city but only one had a driver available and that too only after 12 pm,” Pratik Singh of DLF, said.
“We had a reunion and Holi party in Delhi but as no public or private transport is available on Thursday, I will have to skip the plans,” Sucheta Grover of Sushant Lok, said.