On the day one of the four-day long call of strike by Haryana Roadways employees association, the public transport system of the state has crippled.
Information from Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Yamunanagar and Panipat districts said that the strike was successful.
In Kurukshetra district, the roadways employees had gathered in a large number at new bus stand at Kurukshetra city since past midnight and no bus has moved out.
Initial reports said that the Haryana roadways buses were not plying on the national highway-1 and other inter-district routes.
Private buses were plying packed to their capacity and students, office goers and others were forced to travel on the passengers playing illegally on various routes.
Nearly 19,000 employees of roadways are on strike.
Deputy Commissioner, Karnal, Vikas Yadav, said that nearly 14 buses left for their destinations on various routes since morning and efforts were being made to dispatch more buses.
"First bus left at 4.50 am from Karnal bus stand and other buses have also left for Dharamshala (HP), Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Delhi and other routes. Ample security arrangements are in place and the protesters will not be allowed for forcibly join others staff to join their agitation," said Karnal tehsilsar-cum-duty magistrate Hari Om Atri.
Reports from other districts suggest that there was not much crowd at various bus stops and the district officials said that the commuters were relying upon buses of other states to reach their destinations.
"Despite efforts to streamline the buses, the strike is bound to paralyse the system. On the local and inter-district routes, commuters are depending upon railways, the private bus operators and state buses from Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Punjab and others states," said a district official.
Rohtak: In the wee hours, police detained 40 roadways workers who were protesting at the bus depot gate here, on the first day of four day 'chakka-jam' a call given by roadways workers union, on Monday.
10-12 roadway buses left bus depot for different routes carrying passengers. Protesters when tried to stop the buses, police used mild lathi-charge and detained protesters and took them to urban estate police station.
In wake of announced four days roadways protest most of passengers had to rely on rail network and private vehicles for commuting to Delhi and in other directions.
Dharambir Singh Hooda, general secretary of roadways workers union said: "Our colleagues were detained by police after using force as they were protesting peaceful at the gate of bus depot with our demands".
He said that all the roadways drivers and conductors are with them in the protest, but administration has entrusted the job to drive bus for passengers on newly recruited staff, who are officially yet to undergo medical test and get joining letter.
Sarbat Singh Poonia, president of roadways workers union said that only nearly 40 roadways workers have been detained in Rohtak, otherwise protest is continuing peacefully in other districts in the state. He said that all the roadways buses would remained off from road in the state.
Notably, roadways workers union and other government employees union are demanding regularisaton of contractual staff and against privatisation.