The three-day nationwide strike by the employees of oil PSUs not only affected the office-goers who ride four-wheelers to reach their respective destinations. The strike casualty list also included schoolchildren in the city.
There are quite a few students in the city who use motorbikes and scooters to go to their tuition classes.
But as the fear of fuel going out of stock loomed large over the country,most of the parents locked up their cars in garage and used their childrens two-wheelers.
While some schoolchildren used VTCOS buses,others got back to their bicycles. I am using my sons scooty. I have stored some petrol in my car for emergency, said J Jani,a city-based restaurateur.
Prakash Atre,a student of Rosary School,said he could not believe it when his parents asked him to keep the motorcycle at home.
Later,I realised that there was a shortage of fuel due to a strike, Atre added.
Similarly,Rubina Shaikh,a resident of Fatehgunj,who goes to college on her brand new scooter,had to save the ride for her father.
These strikes are irritating. Suddenly,parents want your vehicle, she said.
The traffic police,meanwhile,had a relatively less hectic time,as most of the four-wheelers stayed off the roads in the last couple of days. There are more two wheelers on the roads,as compared to the cars,which is a saving grace, said a traffic police constable.
At several petrol pumps,only two-wheelers were allowed. We are giving petrol to only two-wheelers, said Rakesh Awasthi,manager of Sayajigunj fuel station.