With violence-torn Haryana limping back to normalcy following Jat protests, bus services for the capital resumed on Wednesday. Nearly 82 buses left for Delhi from the inter-state bus terminus (SBT), Sector 17 by noon.
The buses are normally plying on the Delhi-Ambala Highway, days after the services were suspended following the Jat quota stir.
Meanwhile, Shatabdi Express trains also chugged off the Chandigarh railway station on their scheduled time. The other trains, however, remained cancelled for the day.
The Shatabdi Express trains, that left the Chandigarh Railway Station at 6.53am and 12.00pm will go via Saharanpur to Delhi and will halt at official stoppages. Both these trains will take over five hours to reach Delhi instead of three hours.
However, the Shatabdi trains from the national capital, including the New Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi — which will reach the city at 5pm, and the New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi, which will reach the city at 7pm — will follow the normal route via Panipat, said divisional railway manager (DRM) Dinesh Kumar.
Two special trains carrying over 2,400 passengers had departed from the Chandigarh railway station to Delhi on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, luxury Volvo buses also began their services from midnight.
o Haryana Roadways suffered a loss of Rs 17.5 crore and the railways Rs 300 crore in the last five days due to Jat stir.
o Railways spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said losses include damage to railways stations, engines and trains and cancellation of tickets.
o Additional chief secretary, Haryana transport department SS Dhillon said: “A total of 99 buses have been partially damaged and 34 were burnt. Moreover, the roadways suffered Rs 8 crore operational loss. It will take a month to bring the damaged buses back on the road.”