The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has suffered a loss of Rs 30 lakh during the last four days, as its services to the Rohtak, Delhi and other main stations remained suspended for the third consecutive day on Sunday due to the Jat agitation in Haryana.
The rail services also remained affected as all trains from here on the Jind-Hisar route were cancelled. However, some trains up to Ambala were allowed to run. Even special trains, which carry coal to thermal power stations, have not reached Punjab during the past six days. Though, there is no immediate coal crisis, but power engineers say if the strike prolonged, the situation will turn worse.
As per the PRTC records, during the last three days nearly 180 buses to Haryana were cancelled, which included bus services to Delhi, Jind, Hisar, Panipat, Rohtak and Kaithal. “Due to violence, we have decided to withdraw services for the time being. The PRTC has suffered a loss of ` 10 lakh per day”, said MS Hundal, general manager, PRTC. He said that services to shorter routes like Ambala and Kurukshetra are operational.
TRICITY REMAINS CUT OFF
CHANDIGARH: The tricity remained cut off from Delhi for the third consecutive day on Sunday. All mail, express and passengers trains on the Ambala-PanipatDelhi route remained cancelled and all buses of Haryana Roadways remained off road.
Scores of people remained stranded at the Sector-17 ISBT. The city railway station also wore a deserted look. Even taxi service is not available for Delhi due to blockade across Haryana. A taxi service operator, Manjeet Singh Gulia, said: “I have been receiving a lot of calls from people who have to go to Delhi in emergency, but we are helpless as all routes are closed. The only route which was opened till morning for Delhi was via Meerut, but now that route is also witnessing traffic jams.”
Sabah Ali, Panchkula resident said, “We had a harrowing experience while going to Gurgaon. We had to drive through Meerut to reach Delhi. Our car got stuck in a field at a remote village. It took us nine hours to reach Gurgaon from Panchkula. “We had our breakfast and lunch at the Sector 17 bus stand while waiting for the bus to Gurgaon. We are being told that there will be no bus for the next two days. We reached Chandigarh from Patiala in the morning to attend a wedding in Gurgaon,” said Surjeet Singh, Patiala resident. REFUND OF TICKETS
Those who had bought train tickets from Chandigarh railway station can get refund from the rail reservation. Those who had booked tickets online can get it from the official website of Northern Railways by enter the PNR number. For Haryana roadways buses, commuters can get the refund of their e-tickets through email@example.com.