Thousands of commuters and students plying between Indore and Ujjain had a hard time on Monday after Bus Operators Association (BOA) of Ujjain went on an indefinite strike from Sunday night.
The private bus operators association’s was protesting against the district administration’s move to prohibit sub-urban buses from plying up to the Dewas Gate bus stand.
On Monday over 100 buses owing allegiance to the association went off the roads after the talks between the Ujjain district administration and BOA failed.
According to the reports, the Ujjain district administration had decided to shift the bus traffic from the Dewas Gate bus stand (situated near Ujjain railway station) to Nanakhera situated on the outskirts of the town. The administration quoted maddening traffic and road accidents as the reasons behind the move.
The president of BOA, Ravi Shukla, accused the administration of trying to forcefully impose their decision on the private bus operators as well as thousands of commuters who travel daily on that route.
Shukla further justified the association’s stand by saying that it is very convenient for thousands of daily commuters as well as tourists and devotees, who come pay homage at the Mahakal temple and visit other historic places in Ujjain, to take buses from Dewas Gate than Nanakhera.
Meanwhile, commuters had to wait in long queues at city bus stops on Monday.
The worst hit were the students appearing for board examinations as they were forced to sacrifice an hour of study to ensure they reach the exam centres on time.
Priya Joshi, a class 12 student said that large number students appearing in the board examinations are facing tough time because of the bus strike. Though the district administration made special arrangements of city buses, it was not enough to cater to the need.