Published On : Thu, Mar 30th, 2017

Commuters continue to suffer transport trauma as ‘Aapli Bus’ strike enters Day-2

Bus Employee on Strike
There is no respite to commuters from the transportation trauma as the strike by conductors of ‘Aapli Bus’ entered the second day on Thursday in the Second Capital City of Nagpur. Around 500 conductors struck the work over salary dispute with the contractor Unity Security Forces who is assigned by NMC to look after the recruitment and payment.

Over 1 lakh commuters had a harrowing time after the city buses went off the roads on the second trot. Office-goers and students, among others, had to endure prolonged waits at different locations to reach to their destinations either by ‘fleecing’ autowallas or by other means. Auto-rickshaws and tempos cashed in on the strike and doubled their fares. A number of commuters were seen standing in scorching heat in the hope of strike ending and bus service commencing.

However, there were no visible signs of the red buses running on streets till the filing of this report.

The NMC Administration, it seems, has created a hell of a mess of the public transport system. The previous operator of Star Bus Vansh Nimay had made mockery of the city bus service by their shabby working style. And now, the new operator Unity Security Forces who is assigned by NMC to run the public transport system is following the footsteps of its predecessor.

The Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar’s warning that if the conductors fail to resume duty by Thursday morning, the NMC will allow all the operators to appoint unemployed youths as conductors would not work. What if new recruits resort to strike the work in future over an issue unseen at present? The employees of this transport system go on strike “at the drop of a hat.”

The best solution to this nagging problem could be provided by the old “war-horse” – ‘Amchi ST.’ Dump the “Aapli Bus” and bring “Amchi ST” is the chorus of the harassed commuters.