Transport strike: Pune commuters left in limbo as buses, trucks stay off roads
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Transport strike: Pune commuters left in limbo as buses, trucks stay off roads

All-India motor transport congress (AIMTC) is spearheading the agitation, which caused severe convenience to scores of passengers who were travelling out of the city at the start of the weekend. The state transport plied 20 buses for Dadar, Nashik and Aurangabad, from Pune, but other cities were left out, aggravating the travelling woes of commuters.

pune Updated: Jul 21, 2018 15:34 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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With no other option for commuting, most residents used their personal vehicles to travel, leading to severe traffic jams in many places, including railway station road, on Friday.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Private bus operators in the city successfully observed a day-long strike on Friday to support the nationwide strike over the redressal of issues faced by transporters. All-India motor transport congress (AIMTC) is spearheading the agitation, which caused severe convenience to scores of passengers who were travelling out of the city at the start of the weekend. The state transport plied 20 buses for Dadar, Nashik and Aurangabad, from Pune, but other cities were left out, aggravating the travelling woes of commuters. Commuters alleged that the state transport authority took a casual approach and demonstrated apathy during a times of crisis.

However, passengers who had already planned to go home were forced to cancel their tickets as many buses cancelled their trips on Friday. Manjusha Gupte, a teacher who had planned to go to Ahmednagar on Friday, said, “I have an important official meeting on Saturday and accordingly, I had booked a ticket for Friday. When I heard about the strike, I had to have cancel my ticket and now have to go by a private car. I have no option, but to shell out extra to reach Ahmednagar,” she said.

Prasanna Patwardhan, of Prasanna Purple Travels, who heads Maharashtra Rajya Truck, Tempo, Bus Vahatuk Mahasangh, said, “We are demanding that diesel be brought under the purview of goods and services tax (GST) so that the prices stabilise. This will also make the prices remain uniform across the country. Another demand pertains to toll taxes. We are not opposing the levying of toll, but are demanding that there has to be a more efficient system for the collection of toll,” He said that another demand was bringing transparency in the vehicle insurance operations.

Rajan Junawane of Pune bus owners' association, said that the association will adopt a wait-and-watch policy to see how the government responds to their demands.“If they don't come up with a relief, we may go on an indefinite strike to support the agitation launched nationwide,” Junawane explained.

“As the strike took place on a weekend, we decided to ply more buses to Aurangabad, Nashik and Dadar. There was increased rush on Friday due to non-operations of private buses,” confided a depot manager with MSRTC, on condition of anonymity.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 15:27 IST