If you are travelling to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda hometown Rohtak by a Haryana Roadways bus at night the journey might turn into an ordeal.
Several passengers, including this correspondent, who were travelling on the Hisar-Rohtak route on Wednesday night had a bitter experience while travelling in a Haryana Roadways. The bus staff dropped the passengers at odd locations instead of the designated halting point at the bus stand.
The Haryana Roadways started from Hisar around 9.20pm on Wednesday for Delhi carrying the passengers for Rohtak that falls en route. It halted at a private eatery on the Rohtak-Hisar road on the outskirts of Meham town for about 20 minutes.
It left for Delhi on the same route but on reaching the Rohtak-Hisar bypass, the driver instead of taking the bus to the new bus stand through bypass route took a shortcut and the conductor asked Rohtak-bound passengers to get down anywhere in the town.
Several Rohtak-bound passengers, including this correspondent, asked the conductor to take the bus to the new bus stand, but he refused to entertain any plea by saying they were scheduled to reach Delhi bus stand by 1am at any cost.
When the passengers insisted, he said if the bus is taken to Rohtak bus stand, it would lose more time and would miss their deadline to reach Delhi. The duo also refused to reveal their names.
Succumbing to the adamant attitude of the bus driver and conductor, the passengers alighted at the Sonepat stand and had to cover a distance of 3 to 5 km to bus stand on foot in absence of any rickshaw and auto-rickshaw. The streets bore a deserted look and no police were present at the main chowks to help the passengers in case of need.
When this correspondent narrated the incident to Rohtak general manager (roadways) Kushal Kataria, he said according to norms, the Haryana Roadways buses should drop passengers at the designated location - bus stand and taking a shortcut that caused inconvenience was not allowed.
He said stopping at private eating point near Meham, 30km from Rohtak, was also against norms, as they should stop for dinner at Meham bus stand only. Kataria assured of strict action against the bus driver and conductor concerned by identifying them from the time schedule of the bus.
Notably, taking a lesson from a fatal accident in 2013 winters, police had banned entry of heavy vehicles in the town to avoid accident cases by fast-moving roadways buses at night.