The Haryana Roadways employees held a protest here on Sunday demanding scrapping of 56 private bus routes operating in the district.
The Haryana Roadways Union members also observed a ‘chakka jam’, affecting the movement of buses in the city for several hours. The agitating members of the union ended the protest after an assurance from deputy commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi.
Talking to Hindustan Times, district president of the union Jogender Balhara said, “The permits of these private buses, which were issued in 1993, have now got expired, but they are still running on the 64 routes, including Rohtak to Sonipat, Bhiwani and Hansi”.
He said, “We ended our protest after the Rohtak deputy commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi gave us an assurance that the validity of permits will be examined”.
However, a private bus operator, Harish Kumar, said, “In 1993, the Haryana government had issued the permits to the unemployed youths and we get these permits renewed after every five years, and now these permits are valid till August 2019”.
He said, “Now the district administration has asked us to stop the services for three days. This is against the law and the roadways employees do not have any right to stop the private buses”.