ROAD TRAFFIC was paralysed across the state Wednesday as Dalit groups took to the streets to enforce the bandh called to protest the Una flogging incident.
Officials said seven divisions of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) were affected and the bandh was more visible in the Saurashtra region.
“Nearly 90 per cent of bus trips scheduled in Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagadh and Amreli divisions were cancelled, affecting the movement of three lakh passengers,” said J H Solanki, chief traffic manager.
He said in north Gujarat, 50 per cent of the bus trips had to be cancelled, affecting about two lakh passengers in Ahmedabad, Mehsana and Palanpur divisions.
Overall, the GSRTC suffered a property loss of Rs 43 lakh, Solanki said.
Seven buses, including two belonging to private operators, were damaged in Ahmedabad during the bandh as mobs targeted buses of Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service.
Buses had to be diverted in Saraspur, Nikol, Bapunagar, Jantanagar, Majoorgam, Danilimda, Chandkheda and Mirzapur areas, said a senior AMTS official.
A total of 200 buses on 35 routes had to be diverted to avoid trouble, the official said.
In the evening, four buses were damaged by mobs in Shankarbhavan Shahpur area of Ahmedabad.
BRTS buses were stopped in Krishnanagar area, said Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd general manager Dipak Trivedi. Traffic movement was affected on 11 of 13 BRTS routes, officials said.