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Roadways staff block traffic at bus stand for 2 hrs

Traffic at the bus stand was blocked for over two hours on Thursday afternoon after members of the Joint Action Committee of Punjab roadways employees held a protest in the premises of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Inter-state Bus Stand here. They also stopped the buses from entering the bus stand for two hours.

punjab Updated: Oct 16, 2014 23:07 IST
HT Correspondent

Traffic at the bus stand was blocked for over two hours on Thursday afternoon after members of the Joint Action Committee of Punjab roadways employees held a protest in the premises of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Inter-state Bus Stand here. They also stopped the buses from entering the bus stand for two hours.


Union members held the protest from 10 am to 12 am to highlight their long-pending demands.

Most of the long-route buses did not enter the main road leading to the bus stand and took another road, which caused inconvenience to the passengers. Nearly 150 buses remained halted at the bus stand causing a lot of harassment to hundreds of passengers.

The protesters said that they were forced to hold a protest for their long-pending demands, which included merger of Punbus with the mainstream Punjab Roadways and jobs to the family members of roadways employees, who have died in mishaps, etc.

State secretary of the All India trade union congress Avtar Singh Tari said that the state government was responsible for the inconvenience faced by the public during the protest. "We gave an ultimatum to the government during the last week, to accept their long-pending demands, but to no avail," he said.

He further alleged that, as most of private buses plying in the state are owned by politicians, the government has changed the timing of the buses to benefit them.

The union members said that if the government did not change its attitude towards roadways employees, the government should be ready to face consequences in the coming days.